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Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced it has joined a national initiative developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to raise awareness about cybersecurity.
The initiative, known as Stop. Think. Connect., is a national public awareness effort involving government, industry, and nonprofits designed to increase Internet security by empowering Americans to be more vigilant about practicing safer online habits. As part of the partnership, Girl Scouts will educate its 3.2-million members on the issue, and encourage them to educate their communities.
In 2009, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and former Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Kathy Cloninger unveiled a Girl Scout preparedness patch—designed to engage Girl Scouts and their families in personal preparedness for all emergencies—and announced a new affiliation between DHS Citizen Corps and the Girl Scouts to advance community preparedness nationwide.
In addition to collaborating on the new patch, Secretary Napolitano and Ms. Cloninger also signed an agreement (PDF) formalizing an affiliation between Citizen Corps and the Girl Scouts that creates a partnership to motivate young women to become community leaders in emergency management and response fields and raises public awareness about personal preparedness, training and community service opportunities.