Legislative Agenda

Each year, we develop a federal legislative agenda to advance key issues and promote leadership opportunities for girls. The agenda is informed by our extensive research and program experience in working with girls for over 100 years.

The GSUSA 2016 Legislative Agenda (PDF) supports polices that foster leadership and educational opportunities for girls and nonprofit organizations serving youth. Specifically, Girl Scouts' public policy priorities are:


Supporting Girls’ Exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
We want every girl to have opportunities to explore and build an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. We strongly support policy efforts such as H.R. 4161, a bipartisan bill to inspire and enable K–12 girls and underrepresented minorities to enter the STEM workforce.

Financial Literacy

Strengthening Girls’ Financial Literacy Skills
Ninety percent of girls say it’s important to learn how to manage money, but only 12 percent of girls today currently feel very confident making financial decisions. We want to change that. For over a century, financial literacy has been an integral part of our programming and policy agenda.

Be a Friend First

Reducing Bullying and Relational Aggression
Our innovative new bullying prevention program for middle school girls is called BFF (Be a Friend First). It helps girls develop healthy relationships, prevent bullying, and become peacemakers in their schools and communities. We support efforts in schools and encourage participation in youth-serving organizations to build strong, lasting relationships and social skills.

Outdoor Activities

Increasing Access to Outdoor Activities
Girl Scouts has always been committed to giving every girl a unique outdoor experience—an experience many girls wouldn’t have were it not for their participation in Girl Scouts. We support policy efforts to help girls get outdoors regularly and in varied ways.

Global Citizenship

Fostering Global Citizenship and a Global Voice for Girls
We strive to give girls opportunities to understand their relationship to the larger world so they can develop into responsible global citizens—even if they don't travel beyond their own community.

Nonprofit Community

Supporting a Thriving Nonprofit Community
We support policies and activities that help us achieve our mission—and that help nonprofits incentivize charitable giving, as well as recruit and retain staff and volunteers.


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