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Standing Up to Racism – Making the World a Better Place

An important message from Danielle Shockey, CEO Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.

Probably like you, I’ve watched the news coverage of the recent racial injustice in sadness, shock and frustration – among other feelings. I’ve paused in sending this message, not wanting to be reactive, not fully understanding – because if I haven’t walked in your shoes, then I don’t even want to pretend to fully understand.

But here’s what I do know: our girls are watching us. They’re wondering why this is happening. They see the injustice and are have questions. They’re pledging to live by a Girl Scout Law that asks them to “respect authority.” And they’re wondering if that’s always possible, and if not, then what should they do?

Girl Scouts is committed to serving ALL girls and helping them to have courage, confidence, and character, and the skills necessary to make the world a better place. To make the world a better place, we must work together to build an antiracist society. This starts with acknowledging racism and amplifying resources to help end it, while supporting initiatives that aim to protect and empower Black communities and break down systems of systemic racism.

Race in America is a complex topic. Girl Scouts of the USA’s latest Raising Awesome Girls resource and conversation starters represent just that—a start. We’re committed to continuing the conversation by bringing different voices to the table, listening to each other, educating ourselves, and recognizing that while it might not be perfect, we need to begin somewhere. We all have a role to play in bringing about the world we want to see for our girls.

Girl Scouts continue to lead every day in the fight for a clean environment, racial and gender equality, safety issues, and so much more. At our core, Girl Scouts aims to inspire girls to be leaders in their own lives by building the courage, confidence, and character to raise their voices and be advocates for the issues and ideas important to them.

On a local level, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana recently partnered with the Indiana Civil Rights Commission to help girls find their voices and advocate for the issues they’re passionate about. Current national badges like Public Policy, Inside Government, Finding Common Ground, and Girl Scout Way badges are also aimed at promoting civic engagement.

We have these resources to encourage girls to be a catalyst for change in their community—and the world. Making the world a better place has been our Movement’s mission for decades. As Girl Scouts, we are compelled to continue the conversation with our girls, families, volunteers, staff and community. There’s much work to be done, and Girl Scouts will continue to be outspoken advocates for the people who are harmed because of racial injustice.

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Check out these resources

 

Girl Scouts of the USA
Civic Action Resources  
Help Your Kids Take Action Against Racism
Sign the Pledge

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana  
Civil Rights Patch Curriculum       

Giving back ideas for central Indiana girls, troops and families
Visit Indy  - Learn how Indianapolis is bringing people together to heal and make a difference during this difficult time.

Clean Up Efforts - Ways to take action in Indianapolis

The more you know - educational resources for girls, troops and families

Girl Scout Research Institute

Kids Books Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tolerance.org

10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids About Race

Understanding the Roots of Racism - A Four-Part Series by United Way of Central Indiana

 

Check back as we will be posting additional resources as they become available. 

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Meet Ana and read about her Gold Award project, Using Education to Fight Racism