Monday, November 21, 2016

"Going Gold" helps Girl Scouts achieve success

Girl Scouts has helped girls become strong, confident and courageous leaders since the organization was founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912.

Nearly 115 years later, this work is more important than ever. Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) needs your support to continue providing amazing opportunities for girls that helps them achieve success, now and in the future.

More than ninety percent of Girl Scouts not only attributed their success in life to Girl Scouts, but they also said they could not have had access to the same experiences anywhere else.  

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others.

When compared to non-Girl Scout alumnae, Gold Award recipients are more ambitious, placing more emphasis on a successful career, financial security, and being a leader.

“Being able to deliver results...and being able to do it well with experience and leadership, I learned that from Girl Scouts,” said Christy Uffelman, Partner at Align Leadership. Learn more about what Christy learned from being a Girl Scout in this short video.

Gold Award recipients are more likely to see themselves as leaders and to have had leadership experiences in volunteer activities, school, their communities, and politics.
  • 81% think of themselves as a leader, compared with 50% of non-alumnae.  
  • 84% feel they have had success in leadership, compared with 64% of non-alumnae.

Also, Gold Award recipients have had more leadership experiences in volunteer activities (66% versus 37% of non-alumnae), in school (54% versus 39% of non-alumnae), in the community (50% versus 26% of non-alumnae), and in politics (21% versus 8% of non-alumnae).

Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit

Support girls who are changing the world on #GivingTuesday

GSWPA is joining charitable organizations from all over the globe by participating in #GivingTuesday on Nov. 29. This global movement celebrates and encourages giving back to the community organizations, like Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, that make a difference in the lives of your family and so many others.

Last year, more than $45,000 in financial assistance was awarded to 2,200 girls in western Pennsylvania so they could have these life-changing experiences with Girl Scouts. We rely largely on donations--both big and small--to make this possible.

Please consider kicking off your holiday giving season with an end-of-year charitable gift on or before #GivingTuesday, and help us bring Girl Scouting to more girls. We appreciate your support! 

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Source: The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, Girl Scout Research Institute, 2016