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Help Latina Girls build Leadership skills
Girl Scout Encuentro Leadership Conference
Washington - Over 300 Latina girls from the Greater Washington Region will come together on the campus of George Mason University for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital sixth annual leadership conference: Encuentro de Chicas Latinas de las Girl Scouts. From July 6-8 the girls, (ages 11 - 17), will participate in interactive demonstrations, leadership workshops and college preparedness conversations, presented by accomplished Latino professionals.
"We purposefully select a college setting for our conference each year, so that Latina girls can envision their future as leaders complete with a college degree," said Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital CEO, Lidia Soto-Harmon. "Our charge is to inspire girls to recognize their abilities and become leaders in their schools and communities."
The desire to be a leader is higher among Latina (50%), Asian American (59%), and African American girls (53%) compared to Caucasian girls (34%). The greatest single barrier to leadership seems to be low self-regard about certain skills and qualities. Latina girls (43%) cite fear of speaking in front of others; shyness (29%); and fear of failure (29%).
The Girl Scout leadership conference is designed to give girls the skills they need to build confidence and practice leadership styles.
About Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital
The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital (GSCNC) is the premier leadership development organization for girls, with over 88,000 members, 61,000 girls ages 5-17 and 4,900 troops. With the help of 27,000 dedicated adult volunteers and parents, the generosity of corporations and foundations, and our popular Girl Scout Cookie program, Girl Scouting helps build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. We serve the Greater Washington Region, which includes the District of Columbia, eight counties in Maryland, ten counties in Virginia and seven counties in West Virginia. Girl Scouts was founded in 1912 and will celebrate the 100th anniversary in 2012. For more information on how to join, volunteer, or donate to Girl Scouts visit our website at http://www.gscnc.org/.
Posted: Jul 6, 2011