Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes values inclusivity and diversity and we stand firmly and strongly against racism in any form. There are many children out there today who are worried, no matter what color they are, about the many challenges that we are confronting in 2020: pandemic-related; economic-related; and race-related to name a few. As parents, we want our children to be healthy, to feel safe, and to be judged by the content of their character. As citizens of a complex society, we want to instill in all of our children the ability to engage in and navigate a world that can sometimes be difficult. As volunteers and leaders, we want to ensure that our children have the tools that they need to overcome challenges and to be resilient in the face of obstacles they may encounter.
At our Council, we believe that Girl Scouting has a critical role in helping parents, citizens, volunteers, leaders, and of course Girl Scouts, make the world a better place. There are many ways that we contribute to the health and well-being of our girls. At our core, Girl Scouts aims to inspire girls to be leaders in their own lives by building the courage, confidence, and character to raise their voices and be advocates for the issues and ideas important to them. Girl Scouts use their determination to lead every day in the fight for a clean environment, racial and gender equality, safety issues, local concerns, and so much more. And leadership is why the effect of Girl Scouts remains so long after a girl leaves her troop meetings behind and moves on in the world.
If you have not done so already, I invite you to sign the Girl Scout anti-racism pledge and join us in committing to take action to make the world a more equitable place for all. Please consider earmarking a special gift to Girl Scouts this year, towards our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative; your support will help girls develop the skills to advance diversity and promote tolerance in the 21st century.