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Girl Scouts of the USA first established a Public Policy and Advocacy office in 1952. Since that time, the organization has worked to build strong relationships with Members of Congress, as well as with officials at the White House and federal departments and agencies. Through our advocacy efforts, we inform and educate key representatives of the government's legislative and executive branches about issues important to girls and Girl Scouting and lobby for increased program resources.
We have established an important partnership in Congress with the Honorary Congressional Girl Scout Troop, Troop Capitol Hill, comprised of women Members of Congress. Members of Troop Capitol Hill have made a commitment to help Girl Scouts substantively address issues important to girls and Girl Scouting on a national level.
Join the Girl Scouts Advocacy Network
The Girl Scouts Advocacy Network provides a tool for you to become the voice for girls and to make a difference in your community and across the nation. Girl Scout members, volunteers, boards, staff and supporters can educate policymakers and community leaders on issues that directly affect girls and the Girl Scouts. By being an advocate, you will have an impact on girl policy issues that are moving through Congress and state legislatures.
Sign up today and begin to take action. Through this network, you can use your voice and encourage your Members of Congress to support legislation that will directly impact girls and Girl Scouts.
Addressing Issues Concerning Girls
Girl Scouts of the USA's advocacy efforts help demonstrate to lawmakers that Girl Scouts is a resource and an authority on issues affecting girls. Based on almost 100 years of experience and developed from extensive research, the Girl Scout Public Policy and Advocacy Office:
We educate policymakers on these important issues affecting girls, using materials such as our policy priorities fact sheet (PDF) for the 113th Congress (first session). In an effort to inform officials at the state and local levels, we have developed the state legislative agenda fact sheet (PDF).
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Partnerships with Girl Scout Councils
The Public Policy and Advocacy office has been engaged in a major effort to inform members of Congress and administration officials of the successful and important work of local Girl Scout councils across the country. To that end, Girl Scouts of the USA established a grass-roots network comprised of all its councils. Through this network, the organization advances a national agenda that will benefit girls and Girl Scouting.
Public Policy and Advocacy staff members also provide Girl Scout councils and State Legislative Monitoring Program groups with consultative services on legislation and advocacy.
Read more about the exciting advocacy efforts the councils are leading across the country.