Off to College or Off to Career, Girl Scouts a Formula for Girl Success

Organization provides experiences that motivate girls to pursue college, careers

LOS ANGELES--()--During this season of mortar boards, robes and commencement speeches, it is significant to note that organizations such as the Girl Scouts have played a role in the development and ambition of girls and young women. Not only has Girl Scouts determined a link between membership and later career achievement – 82 percent of high-achieving Girl Scout alumnae believe that Girl Scouting influenced their success* and a 2004 study demonstrated that 80 percent of female executives and business owners and two-thirds of women serving in Congress were former Girl Scouts – the experiences offered by the Girl Scouts develop the leadership and life skills considered the basis for success, whether it be academic, social or career.

“Through Girl Scouts, I found an inner confidence in myself to pursue greater and more challenging obstacles, including a higher education.”

According to a recent study from the University of Texas at Austin, girls were 57 percent less likely than peers of the same race, social class and academic background to attend college if they had feelings of not fitting in.** Furthermore, studies have shown that in an all-girl environment, girls are more likely to speak up, take leadership roles and pursue non-traditional subjects such as math and science – and excel at them. Plus, in these environments, girls have access to more female adult role models.

Statistics and studies like these are the reason Girl Scouting is more important than ever. For almost 100 years, Girl Scouting has provided extra-curricular programming that is girl-led, inclusive, empowering and expansive – traits not only attractive to universities, colleges and corporations, but vital to the success of girls.

“Girl Scouts has motivated me to find an avenue in which I can grow to my fullest extent,” said college-bound Ambassador Girl Scout Ashley Olmeda. “Through Girl Scouts, I found an inner confidence in myself to pursue greater and more challenging obstacles, including a higher education.”

“Over the years, Girl Scouting has taught me to persevere and to never give up. I’m sure I’ll apply these skills in my studies at college, as well as the career I choose after,” added fellow Gold Award Girl Scout Dana Chernich, who will be entering the University of California, Irvine in the fall.

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles salutes the graduating Girl Scout seniors throughout the greater Los Angeles area. On June 12, the council will honor Olmeda, Chernich and 195 other outstanding Girl Scouts this year who have earned the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

Celebrate a graduate and be a part of the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Float in the 2012 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. Girl Scouts of Greater LA has a heartfelt way for all to honor the graduates and women in their lives with float flower dedications. For each $5 donation, the name of a loved one: graduates, moms, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, wives, girlfriends, Troop Leaders, former and current Girl Scouts, and more will be on the Girl Scout 100th Anniversary Float. Dedicate a dozen for a perfect graduation gift! Visit www.girlscoutsLA.org and click on “Dedicate a Dozen” for more information.

The Girl Scouts’ float in the 2012 Tournament of Roses will feature some of the outstanding Girl Scouts riding and walking with the float. GSGLA is committed to providing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at no personal cost to all qualifying families. The greater L.A. community can help by sponsoring a Girl Scout to ride on or outwalk with the float at $150 per girl. Donations pay for rehearsals, costs associated with the parade, day-of event transportation, activities and refreshments. For more information, please visit girlscoutsLA.org or click HERE.

About Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts will celebrate a century of leadership next year with events happening throughout the country. GSGLA will host a number of centennial celebrations in the Greater Los Angeles area, including Girltopia at the L.A. Convention Center on October 29; a float entry in the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade; a Women of Distinction luncheon honoring former Girl Scouts and industry leaders; and a council-wide Camporee. For more information on 100th Anniversary opportunities, please visit girlscoutsLA.org.

About Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles serves more than 40,000 girls in partnership with more than 23,000 volunteers from over 350 diverse communities of Los Angeles County and parts of Kern, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles is the largest girl-serving non-profit agency in Los Angeles. The council’s programs engage girls in the focus areas of Arts & Culture, Business Smarts, Environment & Outdoor Adventure, Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) and Wellness & Healthy Living. To join, volunteer, reconnect or support, visit girlscoutsLA.org or call 1-888-GSGLA-4-U.

*Girl Scouts Research Institute, Who We Are.
** Robert Crosnoe, Fitting In, Standing Out: Navigating the Social Challenges of High School to Get an Education Study. Cambridge University Press; 1 edition, March 7, 2011.

Contacts

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles
Kendra Walker
213-213-0150 ext. 2294
kwalker@girlscoutsla.org
or
Kenya Yarbrough
213-213-0150 ext. 2266
kyarbrough@girlscoutsla.org