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Promise Project Steering Committee Chair
GSSJC Board Member at Large
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.
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.”