Bringing Poverty Awareness to Excelsior, Minnesota

Troop 17126 at the We Day Celebration
Troop 17126 at We Day, a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities.

The girls in Junior Troop 17126 from Excelsior, Minnesota are high achievers when it comes to community service. This year, they’re tackling their Bronze Award, and they’ll be incorporating both a local and global project. Their Bronze Award project aims to raise awareness about poverty, homelessness, and educational inequality.

The girls created a Poverty Awareness Week for their school with a different activity every day. One of the activities is asking their fellow students to participate in a drive for items like pencils, pencil sharpeners, and colored pencils for students around the world to use. “I like what we’re doing because everyone deserves to have a proper education,” said Hailey, a troop member.

These girls are also bringing awareness of homelessness to their community by planning a Sleep Out where participants will experience what it’s like to be homeless for a night. The girls have even reached out to their mayor, asking for support and suggestions of where to host the event in April. “I was a little bit nervous to talk to him, but he was really supportive of our ideas,” said Hailey.

When asked about why they do community service, Hope said, “It makes us feel like we aren’t little, like we’re really helping and making a difference.”  

Likewise, Nora said, “Usually when you watch a video about people doing good, it’s an adult, but we’ve got girl power!”

Creating an environment of girl power – where girls learn that they can make a difference and make the world a better place – is what Girl Scouts is all about.