Public policies are needed to support programs that allow young people to grow up healthy and strong, develop skills for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs, and connect to their communities and their world. Girl Scouts supports policies that let girls know they matter and gain the necessary social and emotional skills to succeed in life.
- To advance the cause of girls, Girl Scouts is prioritizing the following public policy aims in 2015:
- Encourage Healthy Living Opportunities for Girls
- Increase access to outdoor activities
- Prevent bullying/relational aggression and build healthy relationships
- Promote Economic Opportunities for Girls
- Increase girls’ involvement in STEM
- Strengthen financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills
- Foster Global Citizenship and a Global Voice for Girls
- Support a Strong Nonprofit Community and Girl Scout Experience
Girl Scout Day at the Roundhouse
February 16, 2016
Girl Scouts take action in many ways--through direct service in their community, by educating others, and by advocating for issues that better their community. Join us at the Roundhouse to learn more about the legislative process. Meet local legislators and decision makers. See how laws are made. Learn how you can make a difference!
Join us February 16, 2015 from 9am-12pm at the Roundhouse. For more information, contact Carol Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org
Curious about Girl Scout Day at the Roundhouse? This is a day where Girl Scouts, their troops, and their families are encouraged to visit the New Mexico state capitol. There is not a set program or agenda for the day, rather we encourage Scouts and visitors to tour the Roundhouse, meet their local legislators, and learn more about the legislative process. Registration is not required. The best way to start your visit at the Roundhouse is to take a guided tour. You can arrange a tour at the information desk or call ahead at 505-986-4589 to arrange for a tour. Each tour is different ... we learn something new each time!
What time should you get there? We usually suggest to arrive by 9:30 or 10:00am as the legislators will start to enter the House and Senate chambers at this time. You can view the legislators at work by sitting in the gallery (ask a security guard or your tour guide where to go and they will show you).
Have fun and ask a lot of questions! This is your day to explore the Roundhouse and to learn more about how YOU can make a difference and have a voice.
Where is the Roundhouse? The state capitol is located at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe. Parking is available for free at 420 Galisteo Street (the parking deck across the street from the Roundhouse).
Want to meet your legislator? Go to the New Mexico Legislature website and search for your legislator. You can find their contact information for the Roundhouse. Many legislators are happy to set up meetings with people from their community. If you meet your legislator, what will you share?
Spending the day in Santa Fe? While you are in Santa Fe, consider working on the Ancient Capital Walking Tour council patch. These patch requirements will take you to some very interesting historic places. Visiting the Roundhouse is one of the requirements! Click here for the link to the council patch requirements.
More about Girl Scouts and Advocacy: Why do Girl Scouts have a legislative agenda? As Girl Scouts moves into its second century, we want our organization to be a resource to policymakers and community leaders.
Public Policy and Advocacy
For over 60 years, Girl Scouts of the USA's Public Policy and Advocacy Office has worked across party lines with Congress and the Executive Branch to educate and raise awareness of the issues important to girls and young women. Through our advocacy efforts, we inform and educate key representatives of the government's legislative and executive branches about issues important to girls and Girl Scouting and help demonstrate to policymakers that Girl Scouts is a resource and an authority on issues affecting girls.
Annually, in partnership with our 112 Girl Scout councils and based on extensive program and research experience, the Girl Scouts of the USA develops a Federal Legislative Agenda (PDF) to advance key issues as a way to promote leadership opportunities for girls:
- Increasing girls' involvement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
- Strengthening financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills
- Promoting safe and healthy living – reducing bullying and relational aggression
A similar State Legislative Agenda (PDF) is used by our Girl Scout councils across the fifty states with their state public officials to advance issues important to girls and Girl Scouting.
Girl Scouts Advocacy Network
As the leading voice for girls, Girl Scouts have a key role to play to substantively address issues important to girls. Join us to make a difference in your community and across the nation.