Celebrating Black History Month: Meet Jakki Smith!

We are continuing our celebration of the fantastic work our Black Girl Scouts, members, and staff contribute to the movement. This week, we have the pleasure of introducing Jacqueline (Jakki) Smith, a current Regional Membership Manager at Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI)! “My first encounter with Girl Scouts was at my … Continue reading Celebrating Black History Month: Meet Jakki Smith!

Celebrating Black History Month: Meet Troop 65708!

This week, we’re continuing on with our celebration of Black History Month by once again shining a spotlight on the fantastic work of Black Girl Scouts, volunteers, and staff. This week, take time to meet Girl Scout troop 65708 from Matteson, IL, co-lead by Jeneya Hampton and Bria Hudson, a troop dedicated to “making true-blue … Continue reading Celebrating Black History Month: Meet Troop 65708!

Celebrating Black History Month: Meet Girl Scouts for Black Lives!

In celebration of Black History Month, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) is uplifting and applauding the essential work of our Black Girl Scouts, volunteers, and staff in a weekly blog series. Black History Month is a special month that provides all of us the opportunity to celebrate and spotlight Black success, … Continue reading Celebrating Black History Month: Meet Girl Scouts for Black Lives!

Celebrating Black History Month: Meet Dr. Renee Matthews!

We continue our celebration of Black excellence in Girl Scouting and beyond by introducing Dr. Renee Matthews, leader in the healthcare industry, social media influencer, and Girl Scout champion. Dr. Matthews has an illustrious career: she’s been featured in Ebony and Essence magazines, was a contributing writer for Good Enough Mother, Essence, MadameNoire and Black and … Continue reading Celebrating Black History Month: Meet Dr. Renee Matthews!

A Sister to EVERY Girl Scout: The Influence of African American Leadership and Girl Scouts

February commemorates the month of African American culture, accomplishments, and historical contributions to society. It is a time to celebrate and uplift Black voices and champion their stories of triumph throughout American history. Girl Scouts honors Black History Month by sharing with you four trailblazers who helped shape the Girl Scout Movement. The contributions of … Continue reading A Sister to EVERY Girl Scout: The Influence of African American Leadership and Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts explore Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood in honor of Juneteenth!

Girl Scouts explore Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood in honor of Juneteenth!

Girl Scouts, family, friends, and more from Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI) recently gathered on Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, to explore the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago and learn about the historical significance of Chicago’s Black Metropolis! This was the council’s very first gathering in honor of Juneteenth (learn more about the history of the … Continue reading Girl Scouts explore Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood in honor of Juneteenth!

Empowered to Move Forward- Get Ready to Celebrate Girl Scout Week, all MONTH Long!

Each year Girl Scouts across the country come together to celebrate Girl Scout Week, which is observed the week around March 12- the “Girl Scout Birthday”- and is filled with many traditions. This year we’re breaking the mold and celebrating the ENTIRE MONTH! Frankly, after the year we’ve all had, seven days isn’t enough for … Continue reading Empowered to Move Forward- Get Ready to Celebrate Girl Scout Week, all MONTH Long!

Cultivating Coiled Creativity: Why Girl Scouts is THE Place to Be for Black Girls who Rock!

Girl Scouts has been changing the game since its inception in 1912, when founder, Juliette Gordon Low, established an organization that would service ALL girls. Five years later, pioneers like Maggie L. Walker and Josephine Groves Holloway led the efforts to make Southern states include African-American Girl Scouts, with the first all African American Girl … Continue reading Cultivating Coiled Creativity: Why Girl Scouts is THE Place to Be for Black Girls who Rock!

Girl Scouts Across the Country Reflect on Historic Achievements for Women

Post originally published by Girl Scouts of the USA They say you can’t be what you can’t see. And Girl Scouts around the country are watching with eyes wide open as the newest slate of elected officials transcend barriers for women in office. Girls have plenty of examples to look up to: at least 122* … Continue reading Girl Scouts Across the Country Reflect on Historic Achievements for Women