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Critical Issues Programs and Events for Community Groups

 

Interested in bringing Girl Scouts in to address your girls, PTA, adult community group, or staff?

Girl Scouts of Nassau County has created individualized programs your group based on your needs. Our past clients include church and synagogue groups, religious private schools, public schools, Troops, PTAs, and community centers. Please see below for workshops and events open to all. To schedule a workshop or event for your group, contact Eliza Zipper, 516-741-2550 x254.

 

Be a Friend First (BFF) - A new leadership and anti-bullying program for 6th-8th gr. girls.

Other workshops are available on any of the following topics:

Cyber and Social Bullying

Body Image and Healthy Living Skills

Leadership Skills

Romantic Relationships

Additional Workshop Information:

Length of Workshop

Receive Small Group Attention

Program Fees

Incentives

Events and Programs Open to the Community

Girl Speak

Volunteer Training - Help girls deal with relationship or body image issues.

Anti-Bullying Event with Guest Speaker Jamie Isaacs

 

Be a Friend First

Be a Friend First (BFF) is a new anti-bullying program for 6th-8th grade girls. Created by Girl Scouts of the USA, BFF is based on the national leadership curriculum and is linked to state curriculum standards.

About the Program

BFF is designed to help girls:

* Build self-confidence

* Identify and avoid bullying and exclusive behaviors

* Resolve conflicts peacefully and constructively

* Build trusting relationships with other girls and non-related adults

* Feel empowered to create a culture of peace

 

Length of the program

BFF is flexible to your needs. It is designed to run during lunch, class, or after school and consists of 4-8 sessions that can last from 30 to 90 minutes. You can choose the exact number and length of sessions.

What people say about the program 

Girls and volunteers talk about the impact of bullying and how this program gives them the courage, confidence, and character to change relationships. 

For more information about the program and fees, or to schedule a program for your group, please contact Eliza Zipper, Program and Critical Issues Manager, at zippere@gsnc.org or 516.741.2550 x254.

Interested in making a difference in girls' lives? Please contact Eliza Zipper for more information on volunteer opportunities for BFF.

 

Workshop Topics

Cyber and Social Bullying - For girls in grades K-12, parents, school staff and administrators. Participants are encouraged to:

* Foster a culture of kindness

* Practice safe and responsible digital citizenship

* Motivate peers to react to bullying with confidence, character, and compassion

* Empower themselves with anti-bullying coping skills

Our programs meet standards set by New York State cyberbullying laws for schools.

 

Body Image and Healthy Living - Our workshops encourage participants to:

* Engage in healthy diet and exercise choices

* Understand the relationship between media and body image

* Explore positive aspects of their personalities and bodies

* Express negative feelings in a healthy way

 

For adults and High School girls only - Film Screening and Discussion Killing Us Soflty 4

Explore how the media reinforces unhealthy perceptions of beauty, perfection, and sexuality.  This eye-opening documentary will be followed by a discussion of how to take action on these issues in your home or group. 

 

Leadership - For girls in grades 6-12, parents, school staff and administrators. Participants are encouraged to:

* Explore characteristics of girls in leadership

* Experience the challenges of leadership

* Improve group dynamics through educational games and activities

 

Romantic Relationships - For girls in grades 6-12, parents, school staff and administrators. Participants are encouraged to:

* Identify characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships

* Explore how relationships go bad

* Practice techniques to improve relationships

* Learn what to do for someone in a bad relationship

 

 

Workshop Information

Length of Workshop

Between 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on your schedule, age of participants, and size of the group.

 

Receive Small Group Attention

Ranges begin at 1 program leader for every 7 participants and vary based on the age of the participants. Presenters are trained staff and volunteers, many of whom have direct experience in child psychology, education, and law enforcement.

 

Fees

Please see the table below for incentives and general fees. Financial aid is also available. We can work with your budget - please call us to inquire about incentives and financial aid.

Number of Participants

Length of Program -

1 hour

Length of Program -

2 hours

20-40 girls or adults

$100 without incentives

As low as $5 with incentives

$150 without incentives

As low as $7.50 with incentives

41-60

$150 without incentives

As low as $7.50 with incentives

$200 without incentives

As low as $10.00 with incentives

61-80

$200 without incentives

As low as $10.00 with incentives

$250 without incentives

As low as $12.50 with incentives

81-100

$250 without incentives

As low as $12.50 with incentives

$300 without incentives

As low as $15.00 with incentives

101-150

$300 without incentives

As low as $15.00 with incentives

$350 without incentives

As low as $17.50 with incentives

151-200

$350 without incentives

As low as $17.50 with incentives

$400 without incentives

As low as $20.00 with incentives

 

Incentives - Receive up to $380 off your program fee. Have the girls in your program sign up to be members of Girl Scouts of Nassau County.

Percentage of Girls who Register as Girl Scouts Discount

10-24%

25% off your total program fee

25-49%

35% off

50-74%

50% off

75-90%

65% off

91-100%

95% off

Download the Girl Scout Registration Form.

 

 

How can Girl Scout Membership Benefit the Girls in your Group?

According to the 2012 Alumnae Study, girls who participate in Girl Scouting are more likely to:

* Receive higher education & earn a higher income

* See themselves as leaders in their personal and professional lives

* Give back to their community

Ability to participate in council-wide programs, including our STEM and leadership-building activities.

 

 

Events and Programs

 

 

Surviving Bullies:

Hear an emotional story of intense bullying and resilience. Fifteen-year-old Jamie Isaacs and her mother speak in person about their bullying experiences and how it has motivated them to take action. Learn about Jamie’s story, hear from local Girl Scouts who are taking action on bullying, and see how Girl Scouting helps girls build stronger relationships.

WHO: 6th-12th grade girls, parents, educators, and community members

DATE: Friday, October 19th, 2012

TIME: 6:45 pm to 9:00 pm

PLACE: Freeport Recreation Center,130 East Merrick Road, Freeport (2 blocks west from the Meadowbrook Parkway)

COSTS:

$10.00 per person - for registered girls and adults. Does not include book.

$30.00 per person - for registered girls and adults. Includes one participation fee and one book.

$25.00 per person - for non-registered girls and adults. Includes one program fee and one Girl Scout membership.

$45.00 per person - for non-registered girls and adults. Includes one program fee, one Girl Scout membership, and one book.

$10.00 per person - for non-registered adults only. Includes one program fee. Does not include membership or book fee.

REGISTER: Click on one of the following links to register for the Surviving Bullies program.  The registration deadline is Friday, October 5th.

Girls and Adults - Not yet Girl Scout Members

Click here for NOT registered girl and adult Girl Scouts who DO want to purchase Jamie’s book.

Click here for girls and adults who are NOT yet Girl Scout members and do NOT want to purchase Jamie’s book.

Adults only: Click here for adults who are NOT Girl Scout members and do NOT want to purchase a Girl Scout membership.

Girl and Adult Girl Scout Members:

Click here for registered girl and adult Girl Scouts who DO want to purchase Jamie’s book.

Click here for girl and adult Girl Scout members who do NOT want to purchase Jamie’s book.

 

NOTES:

Please arrive on time so you can hear all of Jamie’s story. Jamie’s story includes physical violence, which will be discussed in a mild and age appropriate manner. After registration, parents/guardians will be emailed a consent form that must be signed and mailed or faxed back to GSNC prior to the program. Jamie's book, In Jamie's Words, will be available for sale. Click here for more information about the book and to pre-order a copy. All pre-orders must be received by October 12th. Pre-orders will be autographed and will be available for pick-up at the program. Books will also be available for sale at the program, but we can not guarantee there will be enough time to autograph all of these books.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS: To be completed and returned to GSNC's Critical Issues Department before Program

Parent/guardian consent form - All parents and guardians MUST read, sign, and return this form BEFORE the program.

Question submission form - Girls and adults are encouraged to submit questions about bullying prior to the program. These questions will be addressed by our panel speakers during the program. Panel speakers will include girls who have experienced bullying, mental health professionals, parents, and community leaders.

Bullying Survey - How is bullying impacting your community? Adults and girls are invited to complete this optional anonymous survey. (Adults - please review this questionnaire before giving it to your girls. Ask them whether or not they would like to discuss their answers with you.)

 

Questions? Contact Eliza Zipper at 516-741-2550, ext. 254

 

 

Eliza Zipper
Advocacy and Critical Issues Coordinator

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