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Note to Volunteers
Girl Scout Global Action award activities are dynamic ways for Ambassadors to learn about the eight United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to end extreme poverty and address other critical world issues. By working on this award, Ambassadors are joining a worldwide effort to address issues that affect girls and women around the world.
As a volunteer, you'll help girls enjoy the activities by:
The Global Action Award is now an OFFICIAL Award and therefore it may be worn on the front of the Official Uniform sash or vest. To earn the award, girls complete one or more activities below.
As an Ambassador, you're now ready to carry your voice, message, and convictions out into the world. By working on the Global Action award, you'll be partnering with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) to make the world a better place. WAGGGS is a worldwide movement comprised of 10 million girls throughout 145 countries. By earning the award, you're aiding in WAGGGS's dedication to help realize the UN Millennium Development Goals, such as addressing world poverty.
The Global Action award is a great window into the Ambassador leadership journeys. For example, any of the eight Millennium Development Goals could be a focus for your experience with the Your Voice, Your World journey in the It's Your World - Change It! series. And, if you find activities 8 and 10 (see below) compelling, and you may want to go further to understand the root causes of disease and how to prevent them. If you are working on the It's Your Planet – Love It! series,you might tie your work with Justice to any of the Global Action award activities.
Global Action Award for Girl Scout Ambassadors
Girls complete one or more activity to receive the award
1. Famine is a serious issue that is often taken up by celebrities who use their high profiles to make the world a better place. Learn about past efforts such as We Are the World and Live Aid concerts. How did these events help address global famine? What problems does the hunger movement continue to face? Organize a debate about the complexities surrounding benefits and costs of food aid. (Millennium Development Goal: Ending hunger and poverty)
2. Do you know what the terms credit and microfinance mean? Have you ever heard of Kiva, Grameen, ACCION, or Sewa? These microcredit organizations are doing exciting work in their relationship to poverty and economic development, especially for women. Create a campaign to raise awareness of one of these organizations. (Millennium Development Goal: Ending hunger and poverty)
3. Can you imagine being denied an education? Investigate the importance of education by choosing two developing countries, one close to your home country and one far away. Find out about the education conditions for a girl your age. Compare with your home country. Do you have similar or different conditions? Discuss the difficulties for girls trying to get an education in developing countries. (Millennium Development Goal: Education opens doors)
4. Despite equal rights' gains for women in our society, a serious wage gap between women and men in the United States remains. How might this affect your future career plans? Look into the earnings gap between men and women, especially in the career you are interested in. What factors might cause men to earn more than women? Share your findings. (Millennium Development Goal: Empowering girls)
5. Today lots of residential and commercial building are going green. Find examples in your community. Then do this environmental project: if you could convert one building that you know into a green building, how would you go about it? Share your ideas. (Millennium Development Goal: Saving the planet)
6. Peoples' access to technology differs among countries of the world. Find out about efforts to "wire" different populations around the globe. On the flip side, observe technology use around you and create a collage of activities one could do in the United States without technology. Spark a discussion among Girl Scouts about how differences in technology access and use in populations around the world affects peoples' prospects for peace. (Millennium Development Goal: Promoting peace through partnership)
7. Rewrite a classic! Choose a popular fairytale such as Snow White or Cinderella and revise it to illustrate women's empowerment. For example, what if Cinderella didn't meet the Prince, but the fairy godmother set her up with a loan so she could started her own technology business? Use your imagination and have fun. Then read your story to younger girls. (Millennium Development Goal: Empowering girls)
8. Child health is an important world issue. On a map of the world, identify countries with the highest child mortality rates. Investigate the reasons—and possible antidotes—and write an op-ed article. Include in the piece why this issue is significant for you. Review the article with other Ambassadors and try to publish it in your school or a local newspaper. (Millennium Development Goal: Helping children survive)
9. It is essential for women to remain healthy when they are pregnant. Learn why by interviewing an obstetrician or midwife. Then find out about maternal health practices in a developing country. What can be done to provide good maternal care for all women? Educate others about your findings. (Millennium Development Goal: Keeping mothers healthy)
10. Interview someone or ask to visit a support group for people with a chronic or debilitating disease such as diabetes, cancer, tuberculosis, etc. Find out about prevention, treatment, and support for people with this disease. Then do something to help an individual (ask this person how you can help her), group, or organization. For example, find out how you can help educate others or raise awareness. (Millennium Development Goal: Preventing diseases)