100 Years of Social Impact through Girl Scouting

IMG_3726You can find members of Congress and their staffers putting in appearances at events in Washington D.C. all year long but few are as special as The Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) Gold Award Centennial Celebration that took place on June 14, 2016 at the Cannon House Office Building.  Co-hosted by the Girl Scout Honorary Troop Capitol Hill Congresswomen, this event stands out from most events as it honors 100 years of high school age Girl Scouts from all over the US; highlighting their gifts of innovation and  leadership while showcasing their passion and resourcefulness in making their communities and the world a little bit better for everyone.

Toyota Financial ServicesIMG_3745 (TFS) had the privilege of being the Gold Sponsor of the centennial event.  TFS partners with Girl Scouts through our “Driving My Financial Future” program which supports our upward mobility strategy where TFS empowers under represented youth and local community members to make informed financial decisions by sharing their know-how and educational resources.

TFS CEO Mike Groff, GSUSA CEO Anna-Maria Chavez, TFS Community Ambassador and Girl Scouts Gold Award recipient, Maggie Brittle, and many other Congress members assembled to pay tribute to 100 years of Girl Scouts positively impacting not only their local communities but improving lives on a global scale.  It was an inspiring and motivating day honoring 10 Gold Award recipients whose projects ranged from improving the environment to building educational programs in Uganda.

Each year, hundreds of young women engaged in Girl Scouts identify social challenges that inspire them to find and implement sustainable, innovative solutions to improve lives.  The Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve and reaching that level opens many opportunities for scouts.

IMG_3733IMG_3737Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D) from Texas said it best when she stated, “We are not in the presence of tomorrow’s leaders, these young women are today’s leaders and our future is in very capable hands.”

To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, the Gold Centennial event on Capitol Hill, or the TFS partnership with GSUSA, please access the links in the underlined words above.