AURORA, IL, USA, December 16, 2021. “Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois’ ‘Latina’s Taking the Lead’ program really captured our attention as a unique and needed vehicle for women’s empowerment through volunteerism leadership,” said Amy Baudouin, Board Chair, Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation (AWEF). “It empowers Aurora-area Girl Scouts as well as Latina women not traditionally involved in Girl Scouts with special leadership training so that they can take active volunteer roles in our community.”
For decades, Aurora has had a strong network of volunteers, and leadership through volunteerism is a necessity to grow and sustain a strong community. However, a relatively small number of women of color are in leadership roles in volunteer-based organizations in Aurora.
“Across our Council alone, only 4% of our adult members self-identify as Hispanic or Latina, and 1% as Black or African American, and this pattern persists in communities with more diverse populations,” said Vicki Jacobson, Director of Philanthropy at Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI). “We have seen that having adults who reflect their community can help make our Girl Scouts programs more inviting and welcoming. The Latina’s Taking the Lead program will help us build a pipeline of potential volunteers who will lead new Girl Scout troops, becoming real agents of change by inspiring younger generations of girls.” GSNI is also planning a Black Women Taking the Lead program set to launch later in 2022.