fall-winter 2013

The Future I See...

Technology has always helped transform the world.

Today, cell phones and tablets let us stay connected to friends and family -- or even just play games wherever we go. Airplanes let people cross oceans faster than ever before. Lightbulbs help keep our homes bright at night. Television brings us new kinds of entertainment and allows us to see what’s happening on the other side of the planet.

Now, imagine it’s 2050. What does the world look like? How have you used technology to change the world? Have you created cleaner air or water? Found a new way for people to communicate? Invented a new way to travel?

Make a PSA that shows how you'll use technology to change the world for the better and create a healthier, happier future.

Girl Scouts Speak Out! will accept entries from September 1, 2013 through January 15, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Voting on all entries will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 31, 2014.

"The Future I See..." was made possible through a partnership with Dell.

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spring-summer 2013

Get up! Get active! Get healthy!

What can you do to make the world healthier and happier?

It’s the time of year where school is out, the birds are singing and the sun is shining. Turn off the TV, head outside and get active!

Whether you go surfing at the beach, ride your bike, play soccer or softball on a team, hike and swim with your friends at camp – think about why you like to get up and get active. Does it give you more energy? Make you feel better?

Then, make a PSA that tells others why they should join you and get active too. Could we create a healthier, happier world if more people got up and made exercise a part of their every day routine?

Here are some ideas for how to tie the Journeys into the Girl Scouts Speak Out! theme.

Girl Scouts Speak Out! will accept entries from June 5, 2013 through August 31, 2013, 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time; voting will close September 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time.

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winter-spring 2013

Friendship First

Bullying feels like a big problem to solve. But what if people switched the focus of their efforts to boosting friendship, kindness, and respect?

If more girls asked themselves this question every day—”What can I do to be a good friend?”—before they post a mean status update, repeat a rumor, or look the other way and pretend not to hear when someone asks to sit at their lunch table, what would change?

Could we make bullying disappear if we put friendship first? Make a PSA that tells people what your world would look like if all girls treated one another with kindness and respect and no one was bullied—at school, online, and out in the world.

If you’re willing to speak up, you have the power to change things.

* When you see someone being bullied and you say something to stop it, it can sometimes end within 10 seconds.

* Almost half of girls say that they have stood up for someone being threatened, harassed, or bullied online!

Visit the BFF (Be a Friend First) section on ForGirls for videos, quizzes, and activities that will test your bullying IQ and help you spread kindness—in your community and around the world.

Here are some ideas for how to tie the Journeys into the Girl Scouts Speak Out! theme.

Girl Scouts Speak Out! will accept entries from February 1, 2013 through June 4, 2013, 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time; voting will close June 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time.

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fall-winter 2012

It Doesn't Have to Be Like This...

Cliques. Gossip. Whispering in the hallway. Rumors that spread through text messages and on the Internet. These are just some of the ways that bullying causes girls to feel afraid and alone. And when it comes to bullying, the facts can be scary:

• Everyday, 160,000 students stay home from school because they fear being bullied.

• More than half of teens say they witness bullying at least once a day at school.

• When a girl is bullied, 85% of the time nobody steps in to help her.

You have the power to change it.

• More than half the time, when peers speak up bullying stops within 10 seconds.

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it's your world

Dear Mr. President...

In November, the United States will make the most important choice it makes every four years. Voters will head to the polls to choose our president!

Make a PSA that sends this message to the candidates competing for the White House: With the right support for girls today, there will be a stronger generation of female leaders to help make the world a better place tomorrow! When girls succeed, so does society!

Tell the candidates what they could do as president to help YOU get THERE!

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it's your planet

We Only Have One Planet...

Do your part to make our planet a better place to live by making a PSA that asks others to “go green.” Help them figure out what changes they can make – big or small – to keep our environment healthy, now and in the future!

-How would it help if we all had cleaner air to breathe?
-How important is water to a healthy world?
-Saving energy can have a big impact. Tell us how.
-How can healthy food help us keep a healthy planet?
-The Earth does so much for us. How can we return the favor?
-If you’re doing a Girl Scouts Forever Green 100th Anniversary Take Action project, share it with us!

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it's your story

The Next 100 years...

What does the ideal world for girls look like 100 years from now? You get to tell the story. Here are some issues you might want to think about:

  • What would the world look like if women held more leadership roles? What kinds of positive changes could be made over the next 100 years?
  • How does the media and society treat women and girls? How would you like to see how women and girls are treated change?
  • Who inspires you? Is it your mom, your friends, a courageous woman in history? What can she teach us that will help women and girls come together to change things?
  • Tell us your own story or the inspiring story of a woman you know and use it to inspire others to do something to create a better world.
  • Or come up with your own idea.

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