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Girls Scouts Report: Young People's Views On Leadership

Since its founding in 1912, Girls Scouts of the USA has focused on leadership among young girls. As society progresses through the 21st century, it’s important to evaluate and explore questions that address girls’ attitudes, perceptions, behaviors and experiences of leadership.

Conducted in conjunction with Fluent, a New York-based research firm, and Girl Scouts of the USA, Change It Up! What Girls Say About Redefining Leadership presents findings from a national study of more than 4,000 girls and boys on leadership with answers to several questions regarding leadership, expectations of young people and more.

Complied by Judy Schoenberg, Ed.M., senior researcher; Kimberlee Salmond, M.P.P., senior researcher; and Paula Fleshman, M.S., research and evaluation analystthe findings disclose how girls and boys define leadership; their experiences, aspirations and fears with respect to leadership; and, predictors of leadership aspiration. In addition, the report, written in Spanish and English, explores gender, race/ethnicity, age, and income and their relationship to girls' and boys' leadership aspirations, experiences, and identities.

To find out more about why and how girls want and need to “change it up,” download the study’s executive summary.

About Girls Scouts of USA
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls—all girls—where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, such as leadership, strong values, social conscience and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. Founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, Girl Scouts' membership has grown from 18 members in Savannah, Ga, to 3.7 million members throughout the United States, including U.S. territories, and in more than 90 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas.