Girl Scouts offer new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program

Entire community invited to participate in Colorado effort

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The Girl Scouts of Colorado organization has launched a new program, and any youth in the community can participate.

The program is called Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. It is “designed to help participants start the conversation about race and racism by learning to appreciate diversity and honor and celebrate differences,” states a news release.

Anybody is welcome to participate in the program — it is not limited to Girl Scouts, and is designed for families, communities, schools, religious groups and other social engagement groups. The programming includes hands-on activities, reflective writing, discussions on understanding and more, states a news release. The activities ease the way for having “meaningful conversations with youth starting at kindergarten through 12th grade,” states the news release. All activities are available in Spanish.

A comprehensive list of the activities for each age level can be found on the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s website: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org. Everyone who completes the activities for the program will earn the “Diverse. Inclusive. Together.” patch. A digital version of the patch is available for those who are not Girl Scouts.

The programming is brought to the community through a partnership between the Girl Scouts of Colorado, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Mountain College, Denver Public Schools and Denver 7.

In addition to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion activities, the program also includes virtual roundtables for anyone who would like to participate. Called Conversation Starters: Let’s Talk Differences, the virtual roundtables will provide families with the “tools they need to begin talking about issues related to race and racism,” states a news release.

A Conversation Starters session for parents and caregivers was held in late July, but a second session on Aug. 13 is “specifically designed to answer questions on these topics directly from children,” states the news release.

“The Girl Scout movement has been about social justice, equity and inclusivity from its very beginning, and part of the Girl Scout mission is to make the world a better place,” said the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s CEO Leanna Clark. “As an organization, Girl Scouts of Colorado is recommitting to that mission. That’s why we’re opening up this programming beyond girls and beyond our Girl Scout community to make it available to as many people as possible. We hope families will take part together to deepen their understanding of themselves and others.”

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