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A century ago, Juliette Gordon Low embarked on a journey to bring girls of all backgrounds into the out-of-doors, giving them the opportunity to develop self-reliance and resourcefulness.

She encouraged girls to prepare not only for traditional homemaking, but also for possible future roles as professional women – in the arts, sciences and business – and for active citizenship outside the home.

A lot has changed over the last hundred years, and while Girl Scout program has evolved to keep up with the changing needs of girls today, we have remained committed to Juliette’s vision and to our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

And as we celebrate a Century of Leadership, it is the perfect time to reflect on the impact we have had on the lives of so many girls and to renew our promise to the girls of today and tomorrow so that they can reach their fullest potential.

As the world’s most successful organization dedicated to creating girl leaders, Girl Scouts has served more than 50 million girls over the last century. We’ve shaped the lives of 80 percent of female senior executives and business owners, two-thirds of women in Congress and virtually every female astronaut. We have also helped develop the leadership skills of countless teachers, nurses, social workers, mothers and women in every profession. We know that every leadership journey takes a different path, and Girl Scouts is proud to be a part of that journey, providing a foundation for success in whatever role a girl chooses.

The next century of Girl Scouts will combine a deep commitment to timeless values with a modern approach to programming in order to give girls what they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Through our programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Match, Financial Literacy, Healthy Living, Environmental Leadership and Global Citizenship, girls will have ever expanding opportunities to learn and grow into the leaders we know they can be.

It is an exciting time to be a Girl Scout and at Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, we recognize that it is the leadership experiences that make us unique. For the thousands of girls we currently serve and for the thousands more we haven’t met yet, we look forward to what the next century will bring. But there is one thing I know for sure. We have a responsibility to foster the development of every girl—so that she can become the leader she wants to be and the leader the world needs her to be. Let that be our legacy—A Legacy of Leadership.

Yours in Girl Scouting,
Denise W. Valz