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The Ten Emerging Truths

New Directions for Girls 11-17

By Judy Schoenberg, Ed.M.; Eileen Doyle, M.S.W.; Randell Bynum, M.S.W.; Harriet Mosatche, Ph.D.; Michael Conn, Ph.D.; Debra Pryor, M.B.A., M.S.A. (New York, N.Y.: Girl Scouts of the USA, 2002). 141 pp. (Executive Summary, 35 pp.)

The Ten Emerging TruthsToday there are 14 million girls ages 11-17 in the United States. Three hundred thousand of these girls are currently Girl Scouts. The opportunity to reach a wider segment of the preteen and teenage girl population is clear. To better understand how to meet the needs of these girls, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), in partnership with Partners in Brainstorms, Inc., embarked on one of the largest national research initiatives ever undertaken by the organization.

The Ten Emerging Truths: New Directions for Girls 11-17 study explores:

The findings of this study have served as a directional tool for GSUSA's efforts to translate the research into action. The 3,000 girls ages 11-17 who participated in the study laid the groundwork for the creation of STUDIO 2BSM, an exciting new program option for girls 11-17, where girls can "Become, Belong, Believe, and Build."

Insights from this publication will be helpful in girl retention and recruitment, training, adult development, communications, fund development, and planning for youth development organizations working with girls.

Download the The Ten Emerging Truths executive summary (PDF). For more information about the research, or to order a hard copy of the executive summary or full report of the study, email the Girl Scout Research Institute or call (800) GSUSA 4 U.