When Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts over 103 years ago, she recognized the value of developing girl’s leadership abilities right from the start. She started a movement that has endured and achieved her vision of developing girls into leaders. In honor of Girl Scouts’ leadership ideals, Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson will honor a young adult Girl Scout alumna who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in her professional or volunteer life at our Annual Leadership Luncheon. This year's Leadership Luncheon will be held on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Doubletree by Hilton, Tarrytown, NY. The nominee should be a young woman between the ages of 21 and 35, who participated in Girl Scouting as a girl for at least three years, and has distinguished herself as an exceptional leader in her chosen profession and/or current volunteer capacity in her community.
30 Nov 2015
182 Young Women Dedicate Over 9,500 Hours towards Improving Their Community While Earning the Girl Scout Silver Award21 Nov 2015
On Saturday, November 21, 2015, Girl Scouts of Heart of the Hudson celebrated the success of 182 young women who earned their Silver Award over the 2014-2015 membership year. The Ceremony was attended by 160 recipients, and over 500 family, friends and community supporters.
The Girl Scout Silver Award is the second highest award girls can earn in Girl Scouting, and the highest award attainable at the Middle School level. It represents a girl’s commitment to herself and to her community as she focuses on leadership, career exploration, personal challenges and completing a lasting project that will benefit her community. By earning the Girl Scout Silver Award, these young women have proven that they are committed to changing society for the better.
“It’s a very impressive award,” explains Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson CEO, Pam Andersen, “for girls in 7th and 8th grade to take on this level of responsibility and overcome countless obstacles for the simple reward of making the world a better place, is always a wonderful reminder of the potential of young people when they’re given voices and the confidence and support they need.”
Working individually, or in small groups up to four, the young women who were honored on Saturday completed 118 original projects. These projects ranged from passing legislature in Eastchester County banning plastic bags, to turning community spaces into smoke free places, from building fre...
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01 Oct 2015
Girl Scouts have multiple opportunities to build their confidence and gain critical skills, but the Girl Scout Fall Product Sale Program is unique. By participating in the Fall Product Sale, Girl Scouts learn the challenges of running a business and how to succeed at a young age. Through determination, goal-setting, and positivity, Girl Scouts acquire invaluable skills that lay the groundwork for academic and professional success, and help girls unlock their true potential! The Fall Product Sale Program is an opportunity not to be missed.
Sales will run from October 1 - October 31, with online sales extending through November 30.
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30 Sep 2015
Girl Scouts is helping young girls across the country by providing them the tools they need to reach their fullest potential, helping them build leadership skills and giving them a safe environment to explore issues facd by young people around the world.
On September 19, 2015, seven teenage Girl Scouts co-planned and co-hosted Leap into Leadership, a first-of-its-kind conference for girls who want to change the world. The conference took place at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry and gave 100 girls from the Hudson Valley in 9th – 12th grade the opportunity to explore issues that affect the world we live in. Sessions on issues such as violence, education, peer pressure, self-confidence, bullying, and gender equality were co-run by our team of Girl Scout ambassadors and local community professionals.
- Self-Image / Body Confidence: Jennie Runk; American plus-sized model most notably appearing in H&M's swimwear campaign
- Education: Carolina Hernandez; Step up to STEM Grant Coordinator at Mercy College; Served as Peace Corp Volunteer in Benin, West Africa.
- Gender Equality: Margaret Inge; Workforce Training Director at the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Peer Pressure / Teen Violence: Shannon Wong; Orange County Legislator; previous Legislative Director at YWCA with a focus on community safety, domestic violence, child abuse, and harassment
The day was highlighted by a keynote speech from Urjasi...
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09 Mar 2015
127 Girl Scouts in the Hudson Valley earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award this past year, the highest national award a Girl Scout can earn. In earning the award, these young women demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. A special ceremony was held at the Poughkeepsie Grand on Sunday, March 7th to honor these Gold Award recipients.
“I have learned that the impossible is possible when you have a goal or dream, and with the support of leaders and sister Girl Scouts, you can be successful in your aspirations,” shares one Gold Award recipient. “Going for my Gold Award not only taught me to be a good leader but also about teamwork, responsibility, communication, going out of my comfort zone, and welcoming any challenges,” shared another.
It’s not easy to earn Girl Scouting’s highest leadership award. There is no shortcut; completing the award’s multiple requirements takes several years to complete, and the final requirement is a significant service project with lasting impact. The Girl Scout Gold Award is a nationally recognized symbol of leadership, and recipients are given greater consideration for acceptance and scholarships to top colleges and universities and advanced military service ranking. The 127 Girl Scouts from the Lower Hudson Valley region who earned their Gold Award this year, represent 21% of eligible girls, which far exceeds the national average.
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01 Sept 2015
Attention all Leaders, Assistant Leaders & Volunteers
In partnership with GSUSA, we are launching a new digital resource
called the Volunteer Toolkit, which you can access across devices-
including your smart phone, tablet or computer.