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The Future Is Now: Celebrating the Voices of Girls and Young Women

Girl Scouts of Nassau County Hosts a National Virtual Event to Discuss Global Issues, Including Pandemic and Fight for Justice

Garden City, N.Y. —Girl Scouts of Nassau County is proud to host a virtual event, The Future is Now, on Thursday, August 13, 2020, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The forum is open to all girls, both Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts ages 12 years and older from across the nation. The mission of the event is to connect young women to discuss the current global pandemic and the fight for justice.
The event will include a panel discussion and three breakout groups focused on gender equity and inclusion, wellness, and social justice, as well as a call to action wrap up. As a girl-only organization, Girl Scouts offers girls a safe place to discuss different global issues affecting them. The programming is designed to help participants start the conversation and express their thoughts and feelings.
“Girls must be able to explore these issues in a safe and supportive environment,” said Randell M. Bynum, Chief Operating Officer, Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “Research shows that girls learn best in an all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment. Through programs such as this one we invite girls to share their voices in discussing justice, equality, and inclusion. By creating opportunities to explore global issues, we are influencing our future leaders to develop the courage, confidence, and character to make strong moral decisions that ultimately make the world a better place.”
Following the introductory remarks by Ms. Bynum, attendees will hear from renowned keynote speaker Sheretta T. Butler-Barnes, Ph.D. MA, a developmental psychologist and expert with scholarly work on the impact of racism and the use of culturally strength-based assets on the educational and health outcomes of Black American adolescents.  
Girls will then attend breakout sessions moderated by some of the most powerful voices throughout the county. The gender equality and inclusion session will examine how girls can gain equal access and be included while being empowered to take action. During the wellness session, moderators will focus on how girls’ minds and bodies have been impacted by the pandemic and the current social movements. The discussion will also focus on how to be healthy inside and out in the midst of dealing with teenage issues, a pandemic and social unrest. Lastly, the social justice session will talk about how to make the world a better place and a fair and just world for everyone. Girls will share how to be empowered to build a just society that celebrates diversity and equality. The event will wrap up with a moderated call to action discussion.
Girls will connect the Girl Scout mission, promise, and law to current events. They will also learn about the newly launched GSUSA civic badges, released the week of August 10, and learn how to use Girl Scouts’ highest awards to make a difference in their community.
In addition, a concurrent parent workshop will be hosted by Brenda Jimenez-Peralta the CEO of Mentor NY to lead a conversation on how to support daughters as leaders and change agents. The event will be held in coordination with the GSNC Girl Leadership Committee, Seat at the Table Committee, and The Girl Scout Network of Nassau County. To learn more or register, visit    


We’re the Girl Scouts of Nassau County: We’re 21,000 strong – more than 16,000 girls and 5,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ from Nassau County to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout Troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs in Nassau County, across Long Island and throughout the United States and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.