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TWO CITRONELLE GIRL SCOUTS FIND DIFFERENT WAYS TO GO GOLD

Erin Jones (left) and Katelyn Nelson (right) have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award - the highest award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador
may earn. 

Nelson's goal was to create a spark within the community to fully preserve the history of Citronelle by creating the Citronelle Historic Society at Citronelle High School.

In order to increase interest in the community Nelson spent a minimum of 80 hours working on her project, held meetings with school officials, and found a sponsor - that would encourage Nelson to keep going. From there, Nelson wrote bylaws, organized events, and inducted members.

"History is something I have always been passionate about," said Nelson. "At the Surrender Under the Oak Festival, I noticed a lack of knowledge of the history of Citronelle. I knew my town's history would be lost within years unless I stepped up and took initiative to save it."

Jones' Gold Award focused on Students Against Destructive Decisions  (SADD). SADD raises awareness about destructive decisions that effect the community.
 
Jones chose an issue she was passionate about, recruited other volunteers to help, and created a successful plan to take action to change her community. This left her with a sense of accomplishment.
 
"We have lost too many students in my community, and it affected a lot of my friends lives," said Jones. "With this project I was able to educate my peers on the positive effects of making better decisions that advance their health and safety."
 
Since earning their individual Gold Awards, Jones and Nelson both received scholarships from Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama  (GSSA) to further their education at Troy University. 

Since 1920, Girl Scouts have had the opportunity to earn badges that encourage their interest in  astronomy. Today we're thrilled to announce that Girl Scouts and  SETI Institute  are working together to create the first-ever Space Science badges at every Girl Scout grade level-from Daisies 
to Ambassadors

Funded by  NASA's  Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute, the Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts program will give girls the opportunity to explore the universe 
beyond Earth by developing their own ideas and then observing and experimenting to test them. From exploring how light works to learning about the scientific research NASA is conducting, girls will have the opportunity to see firsthand  the many exciting career paths for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. More >>
Girl Scouts Alert: -- 
Advocacy and Public Policy

This past spring the White House signed an executive order directing federal agencies to evaluate H and J visa programs (among others), including the summer work travel (SWT) and camp counselor programs-part of the J-1 visa program that's important to Girl Scout councils across the country, as it affects camp staff hiring practices and the availability of summer programming for girls nationwide. It also enables students, youth workers, and teachers to open the eyes of U.S. children of all ages to elements of foreign cultures, including a diversity of language and ideas.
The executive order could severely impact Girl Scout summer programs and even cause many Girl Scout Camps to close completely.  
This week members of Congress have introduced a resolution (H.Res.529) that supports J-1 visa programs, recognizing them as crucial to the economy, children's healthy development and appreciation of diversity, and other national interests of the United States.
Join us -  take action now !
What's New --  G . I. R. L. AGENDA

Girl Scouts kicked off G.I.R.L. 2017 last week by announcing the launch of G.I.R.L. AGENDA. Girl Scouts has always emphasized the importance of being civically engaged. So to support ALL of today's girls, they're launching the  G.I.R.L. Agenda Powered by Girl Scouts , a nonpartisan initiative to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls and those who care about them to lead positive change through civic action. The multiyear effort celebrates the Girl Scout legacy of civic engagement programming-which now includes a new  Good Neighbor badge for Daisies  - and will provide  girls and adults with tools to be catalysts for change who strengthen their communities and the world. 


Thank you  Grainger  --  Invest in Girls, Change the World  

We are  excited  to announce Grainger Corporation has graciously given GSSA $5,000 to assist with a bath house upgrade  at Kamp Kiwanis! 

This will provide a better experience for girls as they enjoy programs and summer camp at Kamp Kiwanis. 

For more information on how you can help further our mission, contact Chief Development Officer Alicia Schneider.
River Region United Way --
Cuts funding to GSSA
We received bad news recently that River Region United Way (RRUW) reduced funding to Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) by $33,000 (from $58,000 to $25,000) for the 2017-2018 year. They also informed us that  GSSA will receive $0  in funding, other than designations (which are historically less than $6,000 and are not guaranteed contributions), for the 2018-2019 year.  GSSA serves more than 1,400 girls in the River Region. Of these girls, 49% are  underserved  and have their Girl Scout experience fully subsidized by GSSA. We serve 40% of our River Region girls in rural areas, such as Macon and Lowndes counties, where they have limited access to programs.

GSSA hopes that our community of supporters and alumnae will step in to help fill in the funding gap. If you are asked to give to the River Region United Way at your workplace, we ask you consider DESIGNATING all or a portion of your gift to GSSA (Agency #37). The only way to ensure that GSSA will receive any monies from River Region United Way during the 2018-2019 funding year is to designate directly to us during this 2017 campaign. OR give to GSSA directly by sending your donation to Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, 145 Coliseum Blvd, Montgomery, Alabama 36109. Donations can also be made  online

GSSA is proudly supported by Lake Martin United Way, Baldwin County United Way, Wiregrass United Way, United Way of Selma, and Dallas County.

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama | 800-239-6636 | CustomerCare@girlscoutssa.org | girlscoutssa.org
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