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Many councils want to improve the quality of girls’
experiences. Inquiry in the Community can be a helpful tool in this process,
since it focuses on developing volunteers’ skill in areas that are often
challenging to learn and implement.
Girl-led, in particular, is often challenging for
volunteers. Many adults never experienced a youth-led program when they were
younger. Rather, they experienced mostly adult-controlled activities – in
school, in sports, in other youth programs. When asked to implement a
“girl-led” program, they have no personal experience to draw from.
What councils typically see, then, is that volunteers
implement very adult-controlled activities. Or, volunteers will operate at the
other end of the spectrum and give the girls too little direction – this often
happens as girls enter middle school. Either way, girls don’t receive a very
good Girl Scout experience…and many drop out because of it.
We passionately believe that our well-intentioned
volunteers deserve to experience the “middle ground.” It’s not enough to just
talk about it. Our curriculum has volunteers playing, engaging, and doing
activities that consciously model this “middle ground,” one where activities
are thoughtfully structured to provide opportunities for meaningful
decision-making. This is the Inquiry in the Community way – and volunteers
appreciate learning how to bring girl-led alive.
If your council is using other program quality
assessments or improvement tools, you’ll find our resources are complementary.
Most program quality initiatives deal with issues of group cooperation,
meaningful (and hands-on) learning, and providing youth voice and choice.
Our resources address the same issues, with two important
Our evaluation tools
provide a ready-made way to assess whether you’re meeting your program quality
and STEM programming goals. Plus, they can be adapted to fit your needs.
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