Event Presented by the League of Women Voters of New Jersey Educates Girls About the Importance of Civic Engagement and Advocacy
Riverdale, N.J. – September 10, 2021 – Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey (GSNNJ), the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, will host its annual Voter Girl event on Sunday, September 26 from 1:00-3:30 p.m. at GSNNJ’s Lake Rickabear Camp in Kinnelon, N.J.
The event is presented by the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, who have helped build the curriculum and will be facilitating the day’s lessons, which will teach Girl Scouts about civic engagement and advocacy as they work to earn a Girl Scouts civics badge. In addition to the support from the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, the event is also being made possible through the support of Jewish Women’s Foundation of New Jersey.
“Girl Scouts encourages girls to participate in actions and activities for causes they are passionate about and create the change they want to see in the world,” said Betty Garger, President and CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey. “Being encouraged to speak up and providing the tools for girls to support social issues they care about is a vital piece of the Girl Scout Mission, and one of the ways we can prepare girls to be advocates is to teach them about civic engagement through programming like Voter Girl. On behalf of Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, I’d like to thank our sponsors for making this event available to girls across North Jersey again in 2021.”
Girl Scouts, including initiatives like Voter Girl, prepares girls to lead the change in their town, state, country and beyond. During Voter Girl 2021, girls will meet women elected officials and the women who oversee New Jersey’s local voting process, learn about women’s suffrage and the passage of the 19th Amendment, and participate in a real voting experience. Voter Girl is open to Girl Scout Brownies through Girl Scout Ambassadors, and girls of each level will earn a Girl Scouts civics badge during a badge workshop:
Girl Scout Brownies- Celebrating Community
Girl Scout Junior- Inside Government
Girl Scout Cadette- Finding Common Ground
Girl Scout Senior- Behind the Ballot
Girl Scout Ambassador- Public Policy
According to Kathy Abbott, Voter Girl Coordinator, League of Women Voters of the Morristown Area, “The purpose of Voter Girl is to empower Girl Scouts to engage in their communities as leaders in civic life, especially in voting, advocating for social justice, participating as future volunteers in their local governments, or even running for elected office”.
For more information about Voter Girl and to register for the event on Sunday, September 26 from 1:00 -3:30 p.m. at GSNNJ’s Lake Rickabear Camp in Kinnelon, N.J., visit https://www.gsnnj.org/en/events-repository/2021/voter_girl_2021.html.
About Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey
Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. With programs from coast-to-coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success in a safe, no-limits place designed for and by girls. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a one-of-a-kind leadership development program that builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey serves girls ages 5-18 in Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, and northern Warren counties, bringing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to over 24,000 girls and nearly 13,000 adult members. Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for every girl and her family.
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