It’s that time again to feature a nonprofit making a difference in Indiana. This month, we invited Deborah Smith, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, to talk about their story and how they’re making a difference in the lives of girls in Indiana. Watch the video or read the transcript below.
Mark Minner: Well, we welcome you back on FirstPerson's video blog series. It's time where we feature one of our nonprofit clients. And we are joined by Deborah Smith, the CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. Deborah, glad to have you alongside and if you could just share a little bit about what the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana does.
Deborah Smith: Well, thank you. Thank you for having me. We are committed, as we have been for 100 years, to the character development of girls. Our mission is to build girls' courage, character, and confidence to make the world a better place. So that is what we're in business for. Girls are our only business, and that really is an important mission in today's world.
MM: So much obviously highly visible is the Girl Scout cookies out there, but what other ways can folks get engaged and can see the impact of being part of the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana?
DS: Really, we serve 38,000 girls. And we serve those girls to make an impact on their lives through volunteers. So we really need women and men who step up to the plate to be role models and mentors for girls, who really help girls acquire more skill, help girls with their confidence building, and show girls a way to give service and give back to the community. So we need a myriad of volunteers, particularly in areas where girls right now need lots of development in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Where girls need those skills to really join the workforce later. And in school, things will enhance that learning, the reading levels. So we really need people with a multitude of skills to help our girls.
MM: Well, you've kind of got some exciting stuff going on. You got a new training center as well. Tell us about that.
DS: Absolutely. We're building a learning and leadership center that really is dedicated to the development of adults who then work with our girls. Because to work with girls and give them that level of skill they need, they need adults who are continuing to learn. In this world, you can't just learn it one time. Everything changes, you know. And to keep up with the speed of girls, our adults need to have the development and the advancement.
MM: So when folks really want to think about how they can get engaged and donate, get involved, what are the resources? Where can they go to find that information?
DS: The best thing is to go on our website—www.GirlScoutsIndiana.org—and you will find all of the ways you can volunteer. You can work directly with girls, you can donate, which is so critical to have the resources to give girls the things we need, or you can learn more about us. Understand our mission, what we're doing, and some of the exciting opportunities we offer girls.
MM: Deborah, thank you so much for your time and all you're doing.
DS: Thank you.
Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.