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Natasha Hemmings Named The First African American CEO of Girl Scouts Heart Of New Jersey

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Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey has recently named Natasha Hemmings the CEO. Hemming’s begins her role as the first African American to be named the CEO of Girl Scouts Heart Of New Jersey and she has been described as a “longtime advocate of girl empowerment and Girl Scouting.”

 

“I am very thankful for this opportunity and extremely excited about partnering with the staff, board, volunteers, and community to make a positive impact on the lives of girls. I am also looking forward to expanding our network of G.I.R.L. Champions (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, and Leaders) throughout the region.” – Natasha Hemmings

Hemming’s will oversee a $6 million budget, 17,000 girl scouts, and 10,000 volunteers in 7 New Jersey counties.

Hemming’s is an experienced and educated leader, she holds a master’s in public administration from Rutgers University. She has 15+ years of experience in strategic leadership, community engagement, non-profit programming, and fund development. Hemming’s is also the chief marketing and communications officer for Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ.

Congrats Natasha Hemmings!

 

For more information, visit the GSHNJ website.

Michelle Obama Hosted The Best Sleepover On The White House Lawn

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While many of our best sleepovers included friends from school and our neighborhood, a group of Girls Scouts had some rather unique guests at an even more unique location. First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a big sleepover for 50 Girls Scouts on her front lawn including tents, lanterns, and the President himself and lots of activities.

For the first time ever, the White House lawn was turned into a campground where the girls rock-climbed, sang songs, and socialized with the President and the First Lady.

“This is something you can tell your kids and your grandkids,” Michelle Obama expressed. “Do you understand the impact, the importance of this moment today? It’s exciting.”

Mrs. Obama is the national honorary president of the Girl Scouts used this historic moment to emphasize her Let’s Move initiative. As First Lady she continues to encourage youth to live healthier lives and take advantage of the great outdoors.

Head over to the Associated Press to read more about the sleepover.

These Radical Brownies Puts a Twist of Girl Scouting

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The budding organization, Radical Brownies, gives a whole new meaning to girl scouts proving that they are much more than just their mouth watering cookies.

The social group based out of Oakland, California is composed of girls ages 8-12 and can be described as an edgier and younger version of Girl Scouts of America. The young girls, “…earn badges for completing workshops on social protests, and a beauty workshop that celebrate racial diversity.”

Using the Blank Panthers and Brown Berets as motivation, co-founders Anayvette Martinez and Marilyn Hollinquest formed Radical Brownies to fill a gap they felt was missing. “There aren’t enough spaces [for young girls of color] in our society.”

Martinez emphasized that it is imperative, “not to shelter children from real issues,” and instead, get them involved and active. She went on to say, “It’s especially important for young girls of color to feel empowered.”

Moving forward, the group will continue to attend events related to social justice and activism. They will also host a fundraiser for a banner and additional “Radical Brownies” paraphernalia and gear.