March 2013

LETTER FROM GSUSA’s INTERNATIONAL COMMISSIONER

In 2011 and 2012, in celebration of one hundred years of changing lives, the worldwide movement of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting held a series of unique events—four Young Women's World Forums and the Girls' World Forum. More…

DESTINATIONS

The JLWFF fund supports participation in Girl Scout destinations, international travel opportunities to help girls (Cadettes and older) develop leadership and team-building skills. In 2011 and 2012, nearly 200 girls received travel scholarships to attend the WAGGGS World Centers, international Scouting jamborees, and service-learning trips to destinations in Peru and as far afield as Fiji. Learn more about destinations.

GIRLS WORLD FORUM

Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from all over the world celebrated 100 years of the movement by coming together in Chicago July 12 -16, 2012 for the Girls' World Forum to find solutions to the world's problems and take their ideas back home to make a difference. Nearly 500 girls and young women convened to learn about issues around poverty including the challenges facing women and girls, and the environment. During the following year, girls are putting their ideas into action with projects in their own communities. Watch the video.

YOUNG WOMENS WORLD FORUMS

The Young Women's World Forums 2011 took place in March 2011 at the four World Centers simultaneously. 157 young women from all five regions of WAGGGS participated including two GSUSA volunteers: Heather Colonna from Girl Scouts of the Heart of New Jersey and Janelle Flanagan from the Girl Scouts of the Heart of Pennsylvania thanks to support from the JLWFF.

These exciting events were part of a series of celebrations of the global centenary of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting. The focus of the events was the WAGGGS' Global Action Theme, girls worldwide say "together we can change our world" which addresses the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). More.

JULIETTE LOW SEMINAR

In 1932, the first Juliette Low Seminar provided an opportunity for young women to develop international friendships and leadership skills. WAGGGS has continued this tradition by offering two Juliette Low Seminars each triennium. Funds from the JLWFF helped finance the Juliette Low Seminar (JLS) held in November, 2012 at Our Cabaña in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The theme for each seminar is different, but always focuses on international exchange and leadership. In 2012, Elizabeth Buckley, a volunteer from Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore represented GSUSA at the seminar themed "Spirit of Women Leading."

YOUNG WOMEN LEADING FOR A GREENER FUTURE

In 2012, WAGGGS hosted simultaneous Young Women Leading for a Greener Future at Sangam and Our Chalet. The events aimed to empower youth leaders and young women to educate, speak out, act and motivate others to take action for a greener planet coinciding with the girls worldwide say "we can save our planet", the 2012 World Thinking Day theme. Partial funding from the JLWFF provided support for Emily Rodriquez, a volunteer from Girl Scouts of Heart of the Hudson to attend the event. During the event Emily developed practical leadership skills and focused on personal development, the environment, advocacy and communication. Read more.

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Girl Scouts of the USA established the Global Leadership Opportunities (GLO) pool to offer young volunteers a chance to engage at the international level of the movement. The GLO pool is comprised of volunteers (ages 18-35) who can be selected to represent Girl Scouts of the USA at WAGGGS leadership events, such as the Helen Storrow Seminar at Our Chalet, Juliette Low Seminar and a variety of other international leadership trainings. The JLWFF provides volunteers with travel stipends. More…

THE FINANCIALS

Voluntary contributions to the fund come from individual girl and adult members, Girl Scout groups and troops, Girl Scout councils, members of U.S.A. Girl Scouts Overseas, and friends of Girl Scouting. For a breakdown of annual revenues and expenditure, go to financials.

HOW TO GIVE

Donations may be sent at any time of the year, but popular times are World Thinking Day (February 22), Juliette Low's birthday (October 31), and during Girl Scout Week (the week that includes March 12). Troop or service unit donations should be sent to local Girl Scout councils rather than to Girl Scouts of the USA. Councils batch the donations and send them to the fund periodically.

Councils and the general public can make their donations online or mail your gift to:

P.O. Box 5046
New York, NY 10087-5046

Please make checks payable to "Girl Scouts of the USA" with "JLWFF" in the memo.

CONTRIBUTORS

For a complete list of contributors in 2011 and 2012, see our list of contributors.

IN THIS REPORT

Letter from the International Commissioner

Destinations

Girls’ World Forum

Young Women’s World Forum

Juliette Low Seminar

Young Women Leading for a Greener Future

Global Leadership Opportunities

The Financials

How to Give

Contributors

Contact us at globalgirlscouting@girlscouts.org

Issue: Biennial Report 2011-2012

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