Monday, July 30, 2012

Guest post: The Promise Project - Early Adopters

For previous posts about The Promise Project, click here.
To learn more about this initiative, visit our Resources site.

By Corrie Jenkins
Promise Project Steering Committee Chair
GSSJC Board Member at Large
GSSJC Volunteer

To paraphrase our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, "Do we have something for the girls of San Jacinto Council!" What’s the “something”? It’s a new way of doing things: an improved service delivery structure which will make it easier to reach more girls for a longer duration while allowing girls to engage in different pathways in a variety of activities that they are interested in while providing leadership experience. It will also enable us to go outside the traditional volunteer model and involve a broader range of adults: short term volunteers for series and events, young adults who can excite and be role models for our girl members, volunteers moving out of ‘traditional’ roles who want to stay engaged with the movement. Together these new and re-engaged volunteers, along with traditional volunteers. can work in new ways to reach the thousands of girls who are not Girl Scouts today – but want to be.

How are we going to do it? That’s what The Promise Project is all about – how to make it happen. If a “true voyage consists of seeing familiar lands through new eyes”, then The Promise Project is a journey through the land of Girl Scouting. We are looking at what we do and how we do it with “new eyes” with a goal of doing “it” better and more efficiently - and with the energy, enthusiasm and dedication that have always characterized our mission.

Right now I am so excited about the 58 service units who have stepped up and said “YES” to the challenge of change. They have volunteered to pilot aspects of the new service delivery structure and become part of The Promise Project Early Adopter initiative. Of these 58 service units, 38 are merging into 16 new communities, and the remainder are piloting new ways of recruiting girls and adults; new ways to mentor volunteers; new approaches to meetings and communication; or they are trying regional collaboration for events, series and advisory boards.

By taking the first leg of the “true voyage” during the 2012-2013 membership year, they will be able to guide our future work by sending back information about where the rocky places are, where the seas are calm, what worked and what didn’t, things they learned along their journey and ideas they want to try on the next leg. A big thank you to those service units for being our “new eyes.”