We all know networks are powerful — and that connected communities, drawing upon the collective strength of members, can solve intractable problems that may otherwise seem “too big.”
Because we at Gateway Council know you care as deeply as we do about women’s empowerment and advancement in the workplace, we are excited to share with you a new initiative from Girl Scouts of the USA and LinkedIn.
The newly launched Girl Scout Network on LinkedIn will harness the power of more than 50 million Girl Scout alums around the world, creating an unstoppable force to champion issues that impact girls and women, including pay equity, and build the female leaders of today and tomorrow.
Gateway Council urges all Northeast and North Central Florida Girl Scout alums – whether a Brownie for one year, or a Girl Scout through the whole program – to connect through The Girl Scout Network. Millions of girls already benefit from being a part of the Girl Scouts as they grow up, and this new community on LinkedIn will similarly offer support of female professionals, both locally and nationally. It will also allow alums the opportunity to share their experience with the next generation and join forces with like-minded women to effect change.
At Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, girls have the opportunity to discover and pursue their passions – and sometimes even build careers from them – through experiences Girl Scouting offers. Smile Camp, an annual day camp created for children with physical and intellectual disabilities, allows high school-age Girl Scouts to volunteer as counselors. Many of these volunteers find their passion through Smile Camp and go on to become teachers, therapists and researchers, continuing to make a difference in the lives of children, students and adults.
Now pursuing a college degree, Marisa McCarty has understood first-hand the positive experiences available to Girl Scouts in Gateway Council. McCarty, active in many of the programs Gateway Council offered her, says one of her most memorable experiences was as a volunteer counselor at Smile Camp. During her time with campers, McCarty found her passion for helping others in her community and developed the leadership skills to achieve her individual goals.
“At Smile Camp, I learned that significant goals take significant time and effort, and nothing can defeat a prepared Girl Scout,” McCarty said. Through The Girl Scout Network, McCarty is now able to connect with Girl Scout alums around the nation with a like-minded mentality.
With access to LinkedIn’s rich data and insights, the information shared on profiles will help Girl Scouts create relevant and impactful programs and experiences for girls at a local level. For local Girl Scouts, this partnership will serve to better prepare them to lead as professionals in the workplace and empower them to chase their dreams. Through this collaboration, the life experiences and success of Girl Scout alums can be tracked with LinkedIn’s community of more 500 million users.
The Girl Scout Network will also provide a place for employers and human resource professionals to recruit women who possess both the hard and soft skills crucial to career success, such as complex problem solving, process skills, and teamwork and communication — all of which girls learn through Girl Scouts.
Will you join us? It's easy! Just visit The Girl Scout Network on LinkedIn and click "follow."
For more information about our local association of Girl Scout alums, contact TriciaRae Stancato at (904) 421-3484 or firstname.lastname@example.org.