Dedicated solely to girls, Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC) provides an accepting and nurturing environment for the development of qualities that will serve girls the rest of their lives such as leadership, social conscience, and integrity. The goal of Girl Scouting is to change the way girls see the world and their place in it - to guide, inspire, and empower them to relate to others with increased understanding, skill, and respect, as well as develop a meaningful set of values that will guide their actions and provide for sound decision-making in the real world. GSCCC aspires to a preeminent mission: to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place
The Big Idea
The Girl Scouts aims to unite girls across the country to find shared experiences and celebrate different backgrounds, races and ethnicities. Through their Be A Better Sister Program, girls will learn about activism, diversity and racial inclusion. Monterey County is approximately 59-percent Latino and 3.5-percent Black. Be a Better Sister will teach members of all backgrounds about the demographics, history and diversity of their communities, and help empower them all to be community leaders who can make an impact. Girls today need to know they have a voice, that they matter and that their sisters matter.
We started Girl Scouts when my daughter was 5 years old. At that time, she was so shy she would not speak directly to an adult, she would whisper to another girl who would speak for her. Since then she has learned how to step up and become a leader, how to speak for herself and how to advocate for others when she sees injustice. Last year, there were racial issues at school that caused my daughter and her Troop sisters to step up, advocate and educate – not content to allow the issue to be swept under the rug they spoke with administrators and staged a walk-out where they spoke against the racial bullying and sought to educate. As a direct result, there will be an ethnic study program at the high school’s next year. Her Troop has formed unbreakable bonds, they are very interested in world events & truly invested in making the world a better place.
- LaShae Gilliam-Banks