Girl Scout councils in Louisiana selected as National Advocacy Champions
NEW ORLEANS (May 20, 2009)— Girl Scouts Louisiana East and Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf, have joined forces on a new Live Healthy, Lead Healthy Policy and Advocacy Initiative, and were recently selected by the Girl Scouts of the USA to be an Advocacy Champion.
The Louisiana Girl Scouts are one of 17 Advocacy Champions selected to work with Girl Scouts of the USA’s Public Policy and Advocacy office in Washington D.C. The new national Live Healthy, Lead Healthy Policy and Advocacy initiative equips and empowers Girl Scout councils to lead efforts at the local and state level to address and ultimately change issues that impact the lives of girls.
As an Advocacy Champion, the Louisiana councils will work in partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA staff over the next year to create a council Advocacy Action plan that builds awareness and educates the state’s residents about relational aggression and cyber bullying, looking for policy solutions to the problem as well as ways to stop and/or prevent this serious problem.
With the Girl Scouts’ research and program expertise on girls and their health, Girl Scouts is uniquely positioned to successfully advocate for policies that will support and promote girls healthy living and believes it has a significant role to play as it works to be the premiere voice for and of girls in this country.
“We are delighted to have been selected as an Advocacy Champion and plan to see that our advocacy efforts help make the state of Louisiana a better place for girls,” said Jackie Alexander, CEO, Girl Scouts Louisiana East.
Adults interested in assisting Girl Scouts with this initiative may contact Marianne Addy, Vice President of Communications, at Girl Scouts Louisiana East at (504) 733-8220 or (800) 644-7571, ext. 226. The local council, Girl Scouts Louisiana East, serves girls 5 to 17 in the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana. Information is also available on the council’s website at www.gsle.org.
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