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Advocacy

Inspire. Prepare. Mobilize.

Girl Scouts San Diego is committed to being a voice for issues that are important to girls in our communities, engaging local leaders to build support for the Girl Scout Movement, and helping all girls build the skills and confidence to advocate on behalf of themselves and others.


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GSUSA was proud to join bipartisan leaders, including Chelsea Clinton, on June 3, 2019 to discuss the importance of educating and engaging today's youth in civics to preserve and strengthen our country's democracy. Watch the recording to see community leaders, public officials, and education experts discuss how out-of-school civics programs like Girl Scouts help prepare the next generation to be involved citizens with a deeper understanding of their government.


Voice for Girls

Each year, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), in partnership with Girl Scouts San Diego, develops a plan to promote girl leadership opportunities and to initiate dialogue and advance key issues related to girls and the Girl Scout Movement.

These issues include:

  • Economic opportunities for girls.
  • Increased involvement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
  • Strengthening girls’ entrepreneurial and financial literacy and skills.
  • Healthy living opportunities for girls.
  • Expanding girls’ access to outdoor adventure.
  • Preventing bullying and relational aggression, and fostering healthy relationship skills.
  • Global citizenship and a global voice for girls.
  • Stewarding a strong nonprofit community and Girl Scout experience.

Check out our Federal Legislative Agenda and State Legislative Agenda for more information.

Community Engagement & Elected Officials

Did you know that 55 percent of women in Congress, 52 percent of female business leaders, and more than 50 million women nationwide are Girl Scout alums? Girl Scouts San Diego seeks to connect with our alums, and all leaders in our community, to engage more girls, families, and community members in Girl Scouts.

Our staff and volunteer leadership meet and partner regularly with local elected officials across party lines to educate and advance support of the Girl Scout Movement in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

  • CEO Carol Dedrich meeting with San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob

  • CEO Carol Dedrich and staff with Congresswoman Susan Davis (a Girl Scout alum)

  • CEO Carol Dedrich meeting with San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond

Recently, Girl Scouts San Diego representatives have met with members of the County Board of Supervisors and shared updates on our use of the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program grant. With help from this grant, Girl Scouts has provided financial assistance, training, and support to more than 500 girl and volunteer members and 60 new troops in under-represented areas since 2018.

We look forward to continued conversations with elected officials throughout the year. If you are, or have a recommendation for, an elected official or community leader we should partner with, please contact us.

Use Your Voice

Ready to use your voice and advocate for issues you care about?

  • Join the Girl Scout Advocacy Network for updates and advocacy calls to action.
  • Learn more about the G.I.R.L. Agenda, Girl Scouts' nonpartisan initiative to prepare girls to make positive change in their communities through civic action.
  • Check out our Civic Action Toolkit, and practice being a Change Agent, Community Advocate, or Civic Champion with your troop or independently. Among many opportunities, girls can Go Global and participate in activities to promote and address global issues that affect their local community.
  • Find your elected officials and engage with them on issues that matter to you.
  • Post your Girl Scout story on social media using the hashtag #BestPlace4Girls.