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Girl Scouts Host Encuentro Leadership Conference

Leadership conference for Latinas

For Immediate Release
February 7, 2017
Contact:  Nancy Wood,, 202.870.1193 (cell)

Girl Can Change the World
At Girl Scouts Encuentro de Chicas Latinas Leadership Conference

WASHINGTON—Latina girls from the Greater Washington Region attended Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital’s 12th annual Encuentro de Chicas Latinas leadership conference at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, MD. Girls sampled the Girl Scout Journey, Girltopia. The program guides girls to imagine a perfect world-for girls and to take-action to make their community a better place.  Working in teams, they developed plans to achieve their goal. The conference concluded with girls presenting their take-action project to make their vision of Girltopia a reality.

At the conference, one group of teen girls made a video that took on self-esteem, an issues that plagues many girls. They used Albert Einstein’s quote; “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” They took words that are meant to destroy like ugly, and redefined it to stand for unique, gorgeous, loyal and Y can’t everyone be as beautiful. Their vision was to help girls realize that self-esteem comes from within.  

“Girl Scouts is a place where girls can change the world,” said Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital CEO, Lidia Soto-Harmon. “We inspire girls to be advocates for themselves and others. To identify the issue, connect with caring and supportive organizations and adult leaders to develop a plan, and take action to make their community a better place. While others may look at the problems, Girl Scouts are trained to seek a solutions.” Ms. Soto-Harmon, developed Encuentro de Chicas Latinas conference, 12 years ago, because she believed in helping girls from underserved communities have a space to demonstrate leadership and confidence. She also believes it can help communities not connected to Girl Scouts realize the value of the program and join and volunteer.

A second Encuentro de Chicas Latinas leadership conference will be held for girls in the Northern Virginia area on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Robert E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA. For More Information contact your school counselor or at Girl Scouts, Diana Archila,   

About Encuentro de Chicas Latinas

Encuentro is a leadership conference for Latina girls in grades 6-12 designed to inspire them to recognize their own abilities and become positive influencers in their schools and communities. Encuentro alumnae have gone on to attend college, run their own businesses, and work on Capitol Hill.  Now in its 12 year it has served thousands of young Latinas in our region.

About Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital

Girl Scouts provides girls in grades K-12 with opportunities to learn new skills, explore STEM, discover the outdoors, become entrepreneurs, while making new friends and having fun! Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital serves members in the Greater Washington Region, with 86,810 members—59,425 girls and 27,385 adult volunteers and lifetime members. Together, with the support of our dedicated adult volunteers and parents, the generosity of corporations, foundations, Girl Scouting helps build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.  To join, volunteer or donate, visit