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SKIPPERVILLE GIRL SCOUT RECEIVES GIRL SCOUT BRONZE AWARD

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is honored to present Mika Gaskill of Skipperville with the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest recognition for achievement in Girl Scouting for girls in grades 4 through 5. 

Gaskill built individual play boxes for cats at a local animal shelter. The boxes included a blanket, cat scratcher, and multiple hanging toys.
 
"I felt accomplished when I finished my project. I loved seeing the cats, employees, and my troop leader happy," Gaskill said. "It made me realize I made a small, but positive difference in my community." 

The Bronze Award recognizes Girl Scouts who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects that address important community needs. 

"Mika used great strength, talent, and skill to put her plan into action to earn her the Bronze Award, GSSA CEO Karlyn Edmonds said. Her passion for leadership shines through her project, and in the future I hope she decides to "Go Gold" and earn her Girl Scout Gold Award." 

   Should Your Girl Come With You to Vote? 

Showing up to the polls on 
Election Day-whether you're voting for the next  President of the United States  or for your  local city council person  is obviously incredibly important, and something you can (and should!) share with your girl. 

"Some parents think voting is way over  kids'  heads-that politics has nothing to do with their world and something they will be bored by," says Girl Scouts' Developmental Psychologist, Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald, "but that  couldn't be farther  from the truth. Voting is about using your voice to stand up for what you believe in.  I'm pretty sure that all of us as parents, regardless of our political leanings, want our children to grow up knowing that their thoughts and opinions matter. Plus, the candidates who are voted into office will be  shaping your girl's future  from her educational options today to her financial realities as she becomes an adult." 

So yes! You should take your child with you when you vote, but you should also talk to her about what's happening, and why they should be excited to take part.  More >>
Girl Scouts Alert: -- 
Advocacy and Public Policy

As the founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low has had an extraordinary influence on the lives of millions of girls across the United States for more than a century. To pay homage to Girl Scouts' legendary leader,  please sign our petition  to name the Savannah Bridge in her honor.  On September 28, 2017, the Savannah City Council passed a resolution proposing that the state of Georgia rename the Talmadge Memorial Bridge to "the Savannah Bridge" to be more inclusive and reflective of modern Georgia.  The petition will be hand delivered to members of the Georgia General Assembly and the governor by Girl Scouts throughout the state. Learn More >>

What's New --   CEO Guest Editorial on WSFA

I'm Karlyn Edwards with the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama. Girls need us now, more than ever, and we are committed to reaching every girl, everywhere.
The Girl Scout Research Institute's "State of the Girl" report details harsh realities for many girls in Alabama. In this report, our state ranked 30th in overall well-being, 21st in terms of emotional health, 33rd in physical health and safety, and 42nd in education. Around 26 percent of school aged girls in the state are currently living in poverty, and 8 percent of girls ages 6 to 17, according to the reports, have experienced some form of neighborhood violence.
Despite these stark statistics, at Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, we believe in the power of a Girl Scout G.I.R.L., Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader.
With programming across 30 counties, Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.
GSSA serves more than 1,400 girls in the River Region. Our programs offer an exciting pathway for girls to rise above the odds and become life-long difference makers as women.
Girl Scouts is the BEST girl leadership experience in the world, period. Watch Now >>

Thank you  United Way of Baldwin County  --  Invest in Girls, Change the World  

GSSA is one of seven local non-profits and six school programs that received a special project grant from United Way of Baldwin CountyThis grant will provide Camp Sid with paddle boards and life jackets to enhance the girls' camp experience!

Thank you, United Way of Baldwin County, for helping us build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. 

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