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Teen Leadership

Cadettes-Ambassadors (grades 6-12): Want to get involved with Girl Scouts beyond your troop or service unit? Check out these opportunities to take the lead, meet fun people and make a difference locally, nationally and globally!

Girl Advisory Board (grades 10-12)
We Want to Hear from the Girls in Khaki

Girl Advisory Board (GAB) is a girl-led group designed to enhance teen leadership in order to help keep girls in grades 6-12—“older Girl Scouts”—engaged in Girl Scouting. GAB members partner with Girl Scouts San Diego’s staff to identify pain points in the “older” Girl Scout experience and create innovative solutions that meet their needs and interests. To do so, they collaborate with their peers to create presentations, workshops, and lesson plans on relevant topics—and, most importantly, chat with Girl Scouts San Diego staff about their experiences as a teen Girl Scout in today’s society.

GAB members must be prepared to make a one-year commitment to the group, including:

  • Serving as a spokeswoman for the Cadette-Ambassador Girl Scout community
  • Attending quarterly meetings with Girl Scouts San Diego’s staff and monthly meetings with the group
  • Committing to working on GAB projects throughout the year, occasionally between meetings.
  • Participating in occasional opportunities in addition to scheduled meetings

Who should apply? If you’re a Senior or Ambassador with your finger on the pulse of today’s teen community, and are passionate about raising your voice and taking action to address key issues for girls in grades 6-12 in Girl Scouting, this could be for you! We’re looking for young ladies like you, who exude courage, confidence, and character and want to partner with our staff, adult volunteers, and each other to make their world a better place.

Apply Today

Preview the application (PDF), and be sure to complete and submit this online application by midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Group interviews are mandatory and will be held on Monday, Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m. You will be notified of your status by Tuesday, Oct. 23.  

Questions: Steph Dawes, 619-610-0792

Global Arms of Advocacy (grades 9-12)

Global Arms of Advocacy (GAA) is a collaborative, girl-led program developed by Girl Scouts San Diego in which Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts educate themselves and their peers on local and global contemporary issues relevant to women and girls with the support and guidance of adult facilitators.

As a member, you'll be encouraged to grow in a challenge-by-choice environment as you learn about the issues facing girls and women around the world. You must be prepared to make at least a one-year commitment to the group, attend monthly meetings, peer educate within the group, and occasionally participate in additional planning meetings and events outside of scheduled meetings. You may have speaking and presentation opportunities throughout the year.

Meeting topics may include (but are not limited to) women's health and education (i.e. sex education, STIs, HIV/AIDS), feminism, privilege and stigma, human trafficking, sexual health, gender and sexuality, mental health, and violence against women. Meetings feature guest speakers, community outreach, films, interactive activities, field trips, and opportunities to facilitate discussions amongst the group and peers.

Grade: Registered Girl Scouts entering grades 9-12
Dates: Generally the second Sunday of every month during the academic year.
Time: 2:30-5 p.m.
Location: Girl Scouts San Diego’s Balboa Campus
Cost: Free

Why apply? Girls involved in Global Arms of Advocacy have:

  • pursued Gold Awards and college paths based on their work in this group.
  • interacted with lively guest speakers from various community organizations.
  • presented workshops to their peers and fellow students.
  • attended United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women in New York City as youth delegates (2009, 2016).
  • represented teens as panelists at Girl Scouts San Diego’s Conversations of Consequence on women’s inequality and economic empowerment.

Apply Today

Preview the application (PDF), and be sure to complete and submit this online application by midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Peer interviews are mandatory and will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m. You will be notified of your status by Friday, Sept. 28.

For more information, contact Steph Dawes, 619-610-0792.

Technovation Challenge (grades 6-12)

  

Become a technology entrepreneur and develop a mobile app prototype that solves a real problem. Join a Girl Scout team in the Technovation Challenge to code for change, inspired by the United Nation's Global Goals.

Work in a team of up to five girls with the help of mentors from around San Diego. Choose an issue you’re passionate about that involves peace, poverty, equality or the environment.

  1. Design and build a mobile app prototype, with the help of mentors from around San Diego.
  2. Conduct market research and financial analysis.
  3. Pitch your app to prospective investors and receive feedback and ideas from technology industry professionals.

Commitment: 40-60 hours (2-4 guided hours per week from Thursday, Jan. 18 through Wednesday, April 25, 2018). No coding or app development experience is necessary.

Apply now to Technovation Challenge! 2018 applications are due on Friday, January 5th. Please send application to Michaela Butler at mbutler@sdgirlscouts.org.

 Questions: Heather Fryant at 619-610-0827


Teen leadership events

Connect with other older girls at events for teen Girl Scouts.

 Emerging Leaders
 Camp Exec
 Empowerment Theatre