1-8-2021 Update From GSWNY CEO, Alison Wilcox

 Hello Girl Scout Families, Volunteers and Members,

As CEO of Girl Scouts of Western New York, I am writing to you knowing that you, like me, may be struggling with how to process, and talk about the Capitol riots on Wednesday with your girls, either in your own family discussions or in troop meetings.

In times of crisis, the importance of our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place can be a beacon of hope for us, our girls, and for the future as we prepare our girls to take the lead today and tomorrow. We strive to create a safe, respectful and empowering space for girls and also to serve as a resource for our members.

Our Girl Scout Promise and Law is shared by every member of Girl Scouting. The Girl Scout Law outlines how we act towards one another and the world, and is a crucial foundation for our girls as they live up to the Promise and Law in all aspects of their life:

“I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely and make the world a better place.”
Girl Scouts of the USA has a resource page on its website, Raising Awesome Girls, which includes many articles sharing advice including this article on 7 Ways to Deal When the World Is Just So Overwhelming, and other articles from the past year about how to talk about difficult issues with girls including injustice, standing up for what is right, and COVID-19 among others. 

Some additional resources include:

  • National Geographic – Talking To Your Kids About Chaos: Here
  • Child Mind Institute – Helping Kids Understand the Riots at the Capitol: Here
  • And a past article from PBS – Helping Kids Navigate Scary News Stories: Here

This has been a difficult and distressing time, and I am grateful to be part of our committed and dedicated community of Girl Scouts who share my passion for empowering our girls, and doing what we can, together, to make the world a better place.   

Yours in Girl Scouting,  

Alison Wilcox
CEO, Girl Scouts of Western New York

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