Connections Newsletter Connections Fall 2012

fall 2012 college tour Living and Learning Courage, Confidence and Character Everyday! On June 10th, 33 girls age 14 – 17 embarked on a four-day College Tour across Mississippi and Louisiana. We partnered with Girls Inc. and the Pink Eagles, an organization focused on youth leadership development to recruit first generation college-bound students. Thanks to support from the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation, the program was accessible to all girls. “I learned that college is do-able if you stay focused” The College Tour provided the girls with an opportunity to learn about higher education that most would not otherwise have had. They learned from students and faculty about admission requirements, campus life, scholarships, and degree options at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Louisiana State University, Tulane, Southern Louisiana University, Jackson State University and Belhaven College. The tour also expanded girls’ community and cultural awareness. The group enjoyed side trips to the Bubba Gump Shrimp House, Hard Rock Café New Orleans, Two Sister’s Kitchen (boasting the best fried chicken in Mississippi), Mardi Gras World, the Mall of Louisiana, and the Louisiana State Capitol. This provided them with opportunities to connect with one another and discover the world around them. “On College Tour, I learned that colleges can be different and how to choose the right college for me.” The college planning process of choosing, applying, and often moving away from home for the very first time is an exhilarating, challenging, and often stressful time for teens and the adults in their lives – especially when the experience is new to the entire family. “I learned that I probably have a better chance of getting into a good school than I thought,” one girl said. From the dreaded standardized tests to the much-awaited acceptance letter, this adventure into the world of higher education calls for all the skills Girl Scouting has instilled in these young women. Girls gained confidence in their abilities, values to make good decisions, courage to pursue their goals, and practical life skills to become leaders – in their own lives and in their communities. “I’m grateful that this tour was affordable [and this] tour was available to me. It will help me make one of the most important decisions of my life. I am very thankful for Girl Scouts!”