Sunday, May 5, 2019

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience

In Girl Scouts, we say ‘yes’ to every girl. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a unique opportunity for a girl to take charge of her life, learn how to use her voice and develop leadership skills that will last her a lifetime. With the help of people like Enfinity Dickerson, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast’s (GSCCC) community troop program specialist, the dream of being a Girl Scout can become a reality for girls in underserved areas. Enfinity is majoring in Human Services and minoring in Children’s Rights at Old Dominion University (ODU). She has always had a passion for helping children and wanted to find a job where she could give back.

Enfinity has been delivering Girl Scout program in two schools in the Hampton Roads area. She just completed a mindfulness series at Cradock Middle School in Portsmouth and is presently working to deliver a robotic and cybersecurity program to girls at the Bettie Williams Elementary School. Her curriculum has consisted of the girls earning their Robotics badges and they are currently working toward their cybersecurity badges. The program uses hands-on teaching methods that allow the girls to gain valuable skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.

“They are learning about safety online, an important lesson due to the wide access to the Internet by children. Also, they are learning about computer protection and how to avoid viruses,” she said.

When girls are taught about cybersecurity, they are being encouraged to be digital leaders, which can have a positive impact on their futures. According to the Girl Scout Research Institute: 67% of girls who are digital leaders have an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers and 51% of female digital leaders have an interest in tech careers. An increase of girls who are interested in STEM can cause the gender gap to shrink in fields that have been historically dominated by men.  

Community troops also offer girls the Girl Scout experience. During their meeting the girls learn the importance of sisterhood and leading by the Girl Scout Law every time they meet.

“The girls loved learning the Girl Scout Law,” Enfinity said. “They particularly embraced the part of the Law that says ‘be a sister to every Girl Scout.’ That’s been a big part of their Girl Scout experience. The girls seem to become closer at every meeting.”  

After she graduates from ODU in May, Enfinity will continue her time as a Community Troop Program Facilitator. In her role she will be able to spread more knowledge and have a positive effect in more girls’ lives.