Girl Scout Keke Palmer Releases Her Debut Album 'SO UNCOOL'


September 19, 2007

Michelle Tompkins
Girl Scouts of the USA
(212) 852-5074

New York, N.Y. – Girl Scout Keke Palmer, who is working with uniquely ME! THE GIRL SCOUT/DOVE SELF-ESTEEM PROGRAM, has announced the release of "SO UNCOOL," her debut album out on Atlantic Records. The album includes the song "Skin Deep," which encourages girls to talk about self-esteem issues.

"The words 'So Uncool' remind me of Girl Scouts because Girl Scouts is all about defying the ordinary and being yourself," said Keke Palmer, star of "Akeelah and the Bee."

Keke Palmer joined forces with uniquely ME!, which promotes confidence and inner beauty with girls 14-17 nationwide. As a part of this program, girls are encouraged to log onto the Girl Scouts' Web site to do an interactive flower activity with Keke taken from the program's latest book, Mirror, Mirror: Discover Your Inner Beauty. As well doing the flower activity, girls can also listen to a snippet of Skin Deep and watch an interview with Keke.

Keke will continue to spread her message in person as she visits Girl Scout councils around the country.

Created in 2002 to address the critical nationwide problem of low self-esteem among adolescent and pre-adolescent girls, uniquely ME! THE GIRL SCOUT/DOVE SELF-ESTEEM PROGRAM uses the latest research on self-esteem issues to create a fun, engaging curriculum that focuses on helping girls ages 8-17 develop the skills necessary to face the challenges that lie ahead. The core program curriculum, which integrates the latest research from the Girl Scout Research Institute, consists of activity booklets that guide girls through simple exercises that help them understand and build self-esteem. The booklets target four developmental age groups: 8-10-year-olds (uniquely ME! The Way To Be), 11-14-year-olds (uniquely ME! Inside & Out), 11-14-year-olds (uniquely ME! The Real Deal) and 14-17-year-olds (Mirror, Mirror: Discover Your Inner Beauty). The exercises are about recognizing one's strengths and best attributes, handling peer pressure, healthy eating habits, hygiene, general wellness, exercise and identifying core values and personal interests. The activity booklets are available in English and bilingual English/Spanish versions.

In addition to the core curriculum, Girl Scout councils offer hands-on activities such as mentoring, community service or sports to support the program. Over the last three years, the program has reached more than 160,000 girls.

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