Girl Scouts Announce the Release of the Latest Girl Scout Leadership Journey

Jan 24, 2011 Posted in Newsroom, Press Releases

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Girl Scouts of the USA and Dove®, the leading personal care brand, partner to deliver Girl Scout leadership and self-esteem programming to millions of girls nationwide and abroad with the release of the latest Girl Scout leadership journey It's Your Story—Tell It! It's Your Story—Tell It! uses a storytelling theme in a fun and relevant way for girls to better understand themselves and their potential. “Through girls hearing stories, sharing their stories, trying out new roles and creating their own stories, they gain confidence and see that they can make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others” says Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Ph.D. Developmental Psychologist at Girl Scouts of the USA. Building a strong sense of self is an underlying goal of the series, which was made possible in part by a generous grant from Dove.

The collection of six age appropriate publications or "leadership journeys" have been developed for girls grades K-12 and is accompanied by corresponding adult guides. These resources center on a different theme at each Girl Scout grade-level and encourage girls to take the lead in planning their leadership activities and projects.

The Journeys are central to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Each level of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience takes girls on a journey - a voyage to someplace new, with adventures and discoveries along the way. These adventures strengthen a girl’s ability to discover herself and her values, connect with others locally and globally and take action to make the world a better place.

"Girl Scouts of the USA believes that girls develop confidence and self-esteem through taking action," said Kathy Cloninger, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA. "With this new journey, we saw an excellent opportunity to equip girls with the tools necessary in developing courage, confidence and character – three keys to leadership."

In fact, a national survey of girls’ use of social media released by Girl Scouts of the USA (_Who's That Girl: Self Image in the 21st Century, 2010_) finds that girls with low self-esteem are more likely to be susceptible to negative experiences on social networking sites than are girls with high self-esteem. They are also more likely to fall victim to hurtful behavior online and to engage in risky behavior. Building self-esteem does not happen overnight, but research shows that one way to accomplish this is through the development of leadership skills and competencies. Our national leadership journey program equips girls with these skills now and throughout their lives.

Moreover, increased self-esteem is a natural outcome of It's Your Story—Tell It! because, through storytelling and creative expression, girls gain a better understanding of themselves, learn how to reach their full potential and develop the confidence to become leaders in their own lives and in the world.

“The Dove® brand is proud to support the efforts of Girl Scouts of the USA on this creative and powerful programming, which will help girls to reach their full potential,” said Rob Candelino, Marketing Director, Dove® U.S., Unilever. “The purpose of the It's Your Story—Tell It! leadership journey is aligned with the Dove® Movement for Self-Esteem, which invites all women to join us in creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety.”

The Girl Scouts’ partnership with Dove® began in 2002, with the creation of "uniquely ME!", a program designed to foster self-confidence among girls. Dove® continues its support of the Girl Scouts through the It's Your Story – Tell It! leadership journey series. Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania’s online shop offers a full assortment of uniforms, program materials, awards, patches and accessories! For more information, visit gswpa.org/shop.

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