Girls tend to hold themselves to impossible standards of perfection. Often, girls would rather stay silent than risk a wrong answer. Teaching girls that failure is a part of life helps them begin to approach challenges without fear.
Be Bold. Be Brave. Raise Your Hand.
When Girl Scout Junior Alice T. noticed that boys were aggressively
participating in activities at a school fair, she started to worry
that girls were fading into the background. Now, Alice has a message
for girls everywhere to help them have more confidence, step up and
become leaders: Girl Scouts Raise Your Hand
(patch pictured on right).
- Sign the pledge below and commit to raising your hand in class
when you think you know the answer or have a question. Not 100%
sure? That’s ok! Take a risk and try anyway.
- Recruit three girls (they don’t have to be Girl Scouts!) to take
the Girl Scout Raise Your Hand pledge.
- Tell us how raising your hand made you feel. Did it become easier to raise your hand the more you did it? Take a picture showing us how you raise your hand, and upload it to Facebook.com/gscnc using #gsRaiseYourHand. In the caption, share with us how the challenge went.
How to order a Raise Your Hand participation patch:
Watch our CEO, Lidia Soto-Harmon and Girl Scout Junior Alice T. talk about the Raise Your Hand Challenge. And, read Alice's op ed in the New York Times.
Click here to download a printable version that you can sign and keep as a reminder, or share with friends!
I pledge to be bold, to be brave and to raise my hand in class.
1. Teach her to embrace failure
2. Encourage teamwork
3. Get her outdoors
4. Inspire self-acceptance
5. Connect her with mentors