Your Monthly Donor Impact Report
December 2020
As CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, I am often asked how Girl Scouts creates tomorrow’s leaders. My answer is always clear – Girl Scouting inspires girls to empower one another. 

As Girl Scouts, one of the first lessons girls learn is we are stronger togetherWhen girls work cooperatively, it unleashes energy that boosts creativity, productivity, engagement, and efficiency. Many alumnae named teamwork among the most valuable skills gained in Girl Scouts, as well as having the opportunity to seek challenges and learn from mistakes in a safe, supportive, and all-girl environment.

When you support Girl Scouts, you help girls take the lead. Girl Scouts is a place where girls learn new skills, explore their potential, try on different leadership roles—and are allowed to fail, dust themselves off, get up, and try again. Please read below to learn how you are helping girls work cooperatively to become today’s mentors, tomorrow’s STEM workforce, and the courageous and confident female leaders who will work together to make our world a better place.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Roni Luckenbill
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
You Build Bright Futures and Create STEM Leaders
Cadette Girl Scouts and sisters Adaidia and Fati watch intently as two tiny robots lurch and spin their way around a track, following cues left by bits of code the girls are writing. Through trial and error, they finally get the U-turn they have been working on, and their robot avoids plummeting off the edge of the table. Cheers go up around the room with their success.

Every Saturday, Adaidia and Fati and four other members of the Mount Airy robotics team meet to learn about circuitry, coding, and robotics. In December, the team will begin competing in local and regional robotics competitions.

"I never thought I'd say this, but coding isn't hard," Adaidia, aged 14, says. "It's all about recognizing patterns and solving problems."

"Sometimes I figure out the patterns and sometimes she does," Fati, aged 11 adds. "Working together, we always get it done."

Thanks to their experience on the robotics team, Adaidia and Fati are on a new path. Adaidia wants to work as a programmer. Fati wants to be a pediatrician. Adaidia loves computers and the creativity of coding. Fati says “coding will help me see patterns in the children I’m treating and help me become a better doctor.”
Her Gold Shines Bright: You Helped a Gold Award Girl Scout Make a Difference for Other Girls
Jailen noticed that many young girls in underserved communities lack positive female mentors which holds them back from success in life. Having been supported by many role models herself, Jailen wanted to change this. For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she created Growth Mentors, a mentoring program for girls at Lincoln Heights Elementary in Cincinnati.

Eight Growth Mentors pairs met each week, with an overwhelmingly positive impact on the girls in the program. Jailen is now in college in Louisiana, and Growth Mentors lives on at Lincoln Heights. Jailen is considering expanding to other schools, and hopes to include more students in the future.
Leslie Daugherty: This Girl Scout Alum Pays It Forward from Springfield, Ohio to Juneau, Alaska

As a lifelong Girl Scout, Gold Award recipient, and planned giving donor, Leslie Daugherty understands the power of Girl Scouts. "I understand the positive impact that Girl Scouting has on young women and I would like to see that continue long into the future.” Leslie says.
Leslie grew up in Springfield, Ohio where she participated in Girl Scouts in Dayton throughout her youth. After graduating from college, Leslie moved to Juneau, Alaska to become a Senior Bridge Engineer where her duties include designing and inspecting bridges and conducting research
related to seismic engineering in cold climates.
In her spare time, Leslie remains involved with Girl Scouts, leading a troop of Senior Girl Scouts on backpacking, camping, and STEM adventures. Thank you to Leslie for your dedication to the Girl Scout leadership movement!
Did you know that 88% of Girl Scouts benefit most from virtual learning when they learn from real-life female role models? Recently our Girl Scouts met Dr. Kristen Lear, a world-renowned scientist and bat researcher, during "Girl Scouts Go Batty," a virtual program focused on teaching girls about the conservation and habitats of these nocturnal creatures!
Thank you for investing in girls, and supporting the visionary doers, innovators, creators and thinkers of tomorrow. Together, we can help girls discover their untapped potential and build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Make a gift today!

In Honor of Girl Scouts Founder Juliette Gordon Low, you can leave a gift that will impact girls for generations. Learn more about planned giving through the Juliette Gordon Low Society.
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