Making an Impact with Malala

Malala Yousafzai embodies all of the things we value at Girl Scouts – with extraordinary courage, confidence, and character, she is taking action to make the world a better place. Malala was the youngest person ever to receive a Nobel Peace Prize after turning a horrific attack by the Taliban into a platform to advocate for the right of every child to go to school.

On July 26, over 250 Girl Scouts and their families saw Malala speak and answer questions at the Target Center, which was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! As a special Girl Scout perk, members were invited to a pre-show all about girls’ education, where girls made new friends while playing Education Bingo, making bookmarks, and taking photos to share why they stand with Malala. Girls and families also wrote postcards to thank teachers and others who inspired and supported them to learn.

It was great to see so many generations participating – Daisies, Ambassadors, mothers, grandmothers, and sisters – all sharing what their education has made possible and reflecting on other communities which may not have access to these opportunities.

After the pre-show, Girl Scouts made their way to listen to Malala speak. A candid, personable, and inspiring speaker, Malala spent time talking directly to young girls in the audience. She encouraged girls to make real change in their communities and around the world. As Malala explained, “when you educate a girl, you empower her.”

Girl Scouts had many take-aways from the event:

“I learned that I should not hate. I will be so bored! Spend time being happy and loving people.”

“There are people who want to change the world too. You just have to join hands.”

“I feel her speech is so important to me.”

For more ideas on how Girl Scouts can raise awareness about girls’ education and solve this worldwide problem, read our In the Loop post.