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Older Girl Resources

The RealTalk event for 2019 has been cancelled. Please stay tuned while we reimagine RealTalk and work out the details of how to engage and connect with Cadette Girl Scouts throughout the year.

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!

Teen Leadership

Girl Advisory Board (grades 10-12)

Girl Advisory Board (GAB) is a girl-led group designed to enhance teen leadership in order to help keep girls in grades 6-12 engaged in Girl Scouting. GAB members partner with Girl Scouts San Diego staff to identify areas of improvement within the “older” Girl Scout experience and create innovate 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 monthly meetings with the group
  • Committing to working on GAB projects throughout the year, occasionally in-between meetings
  • Participating in occasional opportunities in addition to scheduled meetings

Grade: Registered Girl Scouts entering grades 10-12
Dates: Generally the second Sunday of every month during the academic year
Time: 2:30-5 p.m.
Location: Girl Scouts San Diego Balboa Campus
Cost: Free

For more information, please contact Robyn Murray, 619-610-0705.

Global Arms of Advocacy (grades 9-12)

Global Arms of Advocacy (GAA) is a safe, collaborative, discussion-based space where high school Girl Scouts (grades 9-12) educate themselves and their peers on local and global issues relevant to women and girls. Through monthly exploration of issues, GAA equips teen Girl Scouts with a global mindset and the tools to educate others on a local and global scale. Participants choose the meeting topics, often focusing around issues such as women’s health and education (i.e., sex education, STIs, HIV/AIDS), feminism, privilege and stigma, racism, human trafficking, sexual health, gender and sexuality, mental health, violence against women, and all the intersectionalities involved. Meetings will feature interactive activities, guest speakers, films, field trips, and opportunities to facilitate discussions amongst the group and peers. 

Participants make at least a one-year commitment to the group, attend monthly meetings (usually October through June, the second Sunday of each month from 2:30-5 p.m.), peer educate within the group, are actively involved in social media conversations, and occasionally participate in additional planning meetings and events outside of scheduled meetings. 

Girls involved in GAA have:

  • Pursued Gold Awards and college paths based on their work in this group
  • Built relationships and 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

Take a look at what girls are saying about GAA: 

  • “This advocacy group has empowered me to empower others.”
  • “You will make lifelong friends, learn amazing new skills, form a million inside jokes, and become an effective leader and peer educator.” 
  • “I’ve changed so much as a person and learned that even small things can make a big difference.” 
  • “I can make a difference if I care about an issue and am able to find a medium [GAA] for my passions to develop.”
  • “[I have an improved] willingness to delve deeply and understand the issue from different perspectives.”
  • “I am so sad to be leaving this group, but I am so happy to know that some other lucky girls will be coming to fill my place and develop their confidence/knowledge in a safe, accepting group.”
  • “GAA is something I look forward to every month!” 

Scholarships

Many colleges and organizations offer scholarships specifically for Girl Scouts, Silver Award Girl Scouts, and Gold Award Girl Scouts. See what options are available on the GSUSA scholarship page. Local community partners and other organizations also offer scholarships perfect for Girl Scouts (below).

Featured Scholarship

Nordson BUILDS Scholarship: The mission of Nordson BUILDS is to attract and develop a diverse, highly-skilled talent pool for careers in the manufacturing industry. It is designed to help bright and motivated students access and complete postsecondary education by lessening the financial barriers of enrolling in college for many, and decreasing the loan burden for individuals that apply for financial aid. Manufacturers need engineers, scientists, production technicians, lawyers, financial analysts, IT specialists, accountants, salespeople, marketing and human resource professionals—all types of bright and talented people to succeed. Scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 are available for students who are pursuing majors in manufacturing, engineering-related STEM disciplines, or business leading to a career in industry and corporate America.

Current scholarship opportunities
Scholarship Deadline Details
Athena Foundation's Pinnacle Scholarships Monday, March 11 $10,000 scholarships awarded to five outstanding high school seniors pursuing STEM degrees.
BBB Ambassador Scholarship Thursday, Oct. 31 Up to $2,500 awarded for delivering consumer fraud prevention tips and resources to peer groups through the Better Business Bureau
Chelsea's Light Foundation Scholarship rolling deadlines $300 for girls currently working toward the Girl Scout Gold Award in San Diego County
Ethical Torch Essay Scholarship Friday, Aug. 30 Up to $1,500 awarded for essay on "The Importance of Ethics & Integrity in our Community" through the Better Business Bureau
Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship Tuesday, March 12 $10,000 scholarships to students studying engineering or computer science
Mira Mesa Town Council Verne Goodwin Scholarship Friday, May 3 $1000 scholarship to graduating high school seniors who are Mira Mesa residents
Nordson BUILDS Scholarship Program Wednesday, May 15 $2,000 to $10,000 for students pursuing majors in manufacturing, engineering-related STEM disciplines, or business leading to a career in industry and corporate America
Resource Conservation District Scholarship April 6 $1,000 awarded to senior high school students pursuing further education in the fields of resource conservation, environmental science, biology or agriculture
Travel Scholarship from Hostelling International USA varies by scholarship $2,000 travel scholarships for San Diego and Imperial County area residents ages 18-30
Scholarship Resources