For Immediate Release
June 5, 2009
Contact: Nancy Wood, 202-274-3304, email@example.com
Sarah Parillo, 202-237-1670, firstname.lastname@example.org
Girl Scouts Hold African-American Leadership Conference at Howard University
WASHINGTON - The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, in partnership with Howard University, conducted a two-day leadership conference: Your Turn to Lead. Girls in grades 6-12, from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia were selected to attend based on their leadership potential.
Artis Hampshire Cowan, Vice President and Secretary of Howard University, plays a significant role in helping Girl Scouts reach-out to girls from diverse communities. "As a Girl Scout mother and member of the Women's Advisory Board, I was delighted to open the doors of Howard University to the Girl Scouts," said Hampshire. "This program exposes young girls to the college experience, and we hope it motivates them to make college a part of their future."
Featured at the conference were Power Mentors: local high powered women in politics, business, the non-profit sector, and the military. Representatives from the D.C. Mayor's Office, Marriott International and NASA conducted workshops and mentored girls at the event. The conference focused on helping girls take advantage of leadership opportunities by connecting with good role models and taking action on projects important to their schools and communities.
Girl Scouts of the USA Board President Connie Lindsey gave the keynote address. According to Lindsey, "We are here to inspire, empower, and transform girls of every race and every culture, of every belief and every walk of life. We help forge the capabilities, character, and compassion within our girls, so that they can become leaders."
Currently, the national Girl Scout movement includes 2.6 million members with a proven track record of enriching the lives of girls. Many successful women trace their roots to Girl Scouts:
Over 200 girls attended Your Turn to Lead: An Overnight at Howard University. According to Lidia Soto-Harmon, Deputy Executive Director for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, "The Girl Scout leadership experience helps girls improve their critical thinking and decision making skills. We know that when girls spend the night literally on the campus of a prestigious university and meet women leaders, it transforms how they view their future," said Soto-Harmon.
About Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital
Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital (GSCNC) is a non-profit organization with over 82,000 members, including 58,000 girls in 4,500 troops throughout the District of Columbia, six counties in Maryland and five counties in Northern Virginia. With the help of dedicated volunteers, the generosity of corporations and foundations, and our popular Girl Scout cookie program, GSCNC helps girls from kindergarten to 12th grade become leaders through a wide range of fun and educational activities. GSCNC is headquartered in Washington DC, with satellite offices in Frederick and Waldorf, Maryland; and in Lorton, Leesburg and Manassas, Virginia. To get involved, visit our website at http://www.gscnc.org/.
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