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The Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center Broadens Girls’ Horizons

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“An investment in Girl Scouts is an investment in our future. Girls and young women visiting this first-of-its-kind Leadership Center will quickly learn that there are no boundaries for what they can do.” -Julia Argyros, Philanthropist and Community Leader, Argyros Family Foundation

The Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center (GSLC), named after philanthropists and community leaders Julia and George Argyros, serves Orange County’s 20,000 Girl Scouts as a hub for Girl Scout STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs. Through INSPIRE, the Leadership Center’s signature multimedia program, girls have life-changing opportunities to explore exciting 21st Century careers and learn how to take action on issues they care about, while developing an understanding of the importance of STEM education to their lives. 

As the first leadership center of its kind in Orange County, the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center fills a critical gap in our county’s developmental offerings and addresses the lack of women in leadership and STEM careers, where future job growth is expected to soar.

Girl Scouts visiting the GSLC also have plenty of opportunities to create lifelong memories -- kayaking from the bayfront property, toasting s’mores on the sprawling patio, and participating in fun water and sand activities on Newport Beach’s beautiful Balboa Peninsula. 

Features:

  • -6,122 sq.ft. facility with two large program areas
  • -INSPIRE – Girl Scouts of Orange County’s signature multimedia learning experience where Career Exploration and Take Action come to life
  • -Water program opportunities, including kayaking
  • -Kitchen, bathroom, and shower facilities for overnight visits
  • -2,000 sq.ft. S'mores patio (complete with gas fire ring)
  • -Opportunities to explore the Balboa Peninsula
  • -Opportunities to have life-changing experiences and create lifelong memories

The Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center is pursuing Silver level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification and will feature Girl Scout-created artwork on permanent display depicting the building’s energy efficiencies.

About INSPIRE – Housed Exclusively at the GSLC
INSPIRE is Girl Scouts of Orange County’s signature interactive multimedia program. Through INSPIRE, girls have life-changing opportunities to explore exciting 21st Century careers and learn how to take action on issues they care about, while developing an understanding of the importance and relevance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in their everyday lives.

Girl Scouts earn badges, go on field trips, and take action to make lasting change in their communities. Developing skills and thinking about their interests for the future is all part of the Girl Scout program progression. INSPIRE focuses on two key areas of leadership development that are cornerstones of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience - Career Exploration and Take Action. Each 1 ½ hour program introduces girls to inspirational female role models on giant 80” television screens who share insights about their career and leadership paths. Through the INSPIRE program, girls embrace their STEM education, expand their capabilities, maximize decision-making, and develop the skills and confidence to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Career Exploration

Career Exploration is a key component of the INSPIRE program. Through this INSPIRE component, Girl Scouts of all levels will hear from extraordinary women spanning diverse careers and learn the vital role STEM plays in what these women do, while exploring their own career aspirations.

Finding a diverse group of female professionals of various careers for girls to meet is often difficult for troop leaders to accommodate. Through interactive video presentations, INSPIRE brings career women right into the room with the girls, appearing life-sized on 80” television screens. The women, representing 15 different careers, will tell the girls about who they are what they do, the importance of STEM in what they do, and what they love about their careers.

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The INSPIRE career women were selected based on girls’ interests, such as sports and dance, and suggestions by our Girl Scout volunteers to provide insight into career choices that their Girl Scouts may not be aware of, such as deep sea exploration or cloud computing. The women featured in INSPIRE come from across the United States, and represent a diverse population of female leaders that girls of all ages can look up to as role models. 

Take Action

Take Action is a key component of the INSPIRE program. Through this INSPIRE component, Girl Scouts of all levels hear from Girl Scout Gold Award recipients across the nation who have used STEM skills to tackle important issues on topics from robotics to clean water and learn how to take action on issues they care about.

Take Action projects are a large part of Girl Scouting for all levels. Girl Scout Daisies through Ambassadors do take action projects when they complete a Girl Scout Leadership Journey, as well as the highest awards in Girl Scouting; Girl Scout Bronze Award, Girl Scout Silver Award, and Girl Scout Gold Award. The goal of the INSPIRE Take Action program is to provide girls with a fun, interactive experience that enables them to think about issues that matter to them, how they can build a plan to address those issues, and ultimately inspire them to create an impactful Take Action project in their own community.  

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During INSPIRE, The Girl Scout Gold Award recipient will appear on video telling her Girl Scout sisters about how she planned her project, budgeted expenses, and used STEM to make a lasting change.

Each of the nine young women whose Girl Scout Gold Award projects are featured in INSPIRE were selected for their exemplary take action projects. Most of the Girl Scouts featured in INSPIRE are also recognized as National Young Women of Distinction, the highest honor conferred by GSUSA. 

Interested in Building on the GSLC's Legacy?

The Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center boldly addresses the shortage of female leaders by providing Orange County’s 20,000 Girl Scouts and 13,000 volunteers and adult members a state-of-the-art, safe learning environment where girls embrace challenges and expand their world by exploring 21st century careers, engaging in take action projects that have a sustainable impact, and creating lifelong memories.

Supporters of the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center provide girls with life-changing opporunities to broaden their horizons through program experiences they won’t find anywhere else and help them develop confidence and skills vital to succeed in life.

Become a Sponsor
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Girl Scouts of Orange County has launched a comprehensive campaign to raise $5M by the end of 2018 to offset the construction costs of building our new 6,000-square-foot Leadership Center, develop STEM-related programming, and establish an endowment that will help maintain the operation costs into the future and ensure the continuation of this enriching experience for all Orange County Girl Scouts. Funding is vital and allows us to keep the Leadership Center’s programs and tools relevant and current as technologies continue to advance.

We send our heartfelt thanks to all those who have already supported this special endeavor and hope to inspire others to give a generous gift that will have a lasting impact on the future of Orange County’s Girl Scouts.

For more information, please contact Monica McDade at mmcdade@girlscoutsOC.org or 949-461-8812.

Become a Program Provider
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“We have worked with the Girl Scouts of Orange County for years now, educating Troops who have come out whale watching with us and getting them excited about our oceans. We absolutely love it!” - Jessica Roame, Marine Education Specialist for Newport Landing Whale Watching

By connecting with Girl Scouts of Orange County, you link your business to a cause that yields exponential benefits through the development of our community’s future leaders. Your support helps ensure that Orange County’s 20,000 Girl Scouts and the 13,000 volunteers and adult members who support them have the resources they need to realize their dreams. Collaborating with Girl Scouts of Orange County offers your brand increased visibility through GSOC’s recognition of your company’s involvement. Partners also have opportunities to leverage their Girl Scout partnership with their stakeholders.

Share your knowledge and expertise through Partnership Opportunities such as:

▪ Field Trips ▪ Organization Tours ▪ Events & Activities for Girl Scout Members and Families ▪ Volunteer Opportunities ▪ Community Service Opportunities ▪ STEM Education ▪ Badge Workshops ▪ Keynote Speakers ▪ Discounts for Girl Scout Members ▪ And More!

Click here to Learn more and contact Program@GirlScoutsOC.org to request a Program Proposal form.

Support the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center Gift Registry
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The Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center (GSLC) will create wonderful new experiences and memories for Girl Scouts from all over Orange County, and you can help bring the vision of the GSLC to completion! We have launched a campaign to supply the Leadership Center with all the utensils, tools, and equipment the girls will need during their visit. Please help us by shopping through the Amazon Smile shopping portal and purchasing the items needed to complete the girls’ memorable experiences. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4!

  1. Create or log into your AmazonSmile account at https://smile.amazon.com.
  2. Choose “Girl Scouts of Orange County” as your charity.
  3. Go to “Find a List or Registry” under your “Account & Lists.”
  4. Type “Girl Scouts of Orange County Gift Registry.

Your gift will not only supply needed items for the GSLC; you will also be donating to Girl Scouts of Orange County with a portion of your purchase.

For more information, please contact Monica McDade at mmcdade@girlscoutsoc.org or (949) 461-8812.

   

About our Naming Donor - Julia Argyros

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The Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center is named in honor of philanthropist and community leader Julia Argyros, whose family contributed a historic and transformational $2.5M gift to bring Girl Scouts of Orange County's vision for the Leadership Center to life. The Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center develops new generations of female leaders by providing Orange County’s nearly 20,000 Girl Scouts and 13,000 volunteers and adult members a safe, state-of-the-art learning environment where girls embrace challenges, expand their world by exploring 21st century careers, engage in take action projects that have a sustainable impact, explore the waterfront surroundings, and create lifelong memories.

Julia Argyros, with her husband George, have long been respected pillars of the Orange County business and philanthropic communities, donating time, wisdom and money to causes close to their hearts, including health care, education, conservation, youth, and the arts. Their philanthropy is focused on supporting leading institutions making lasting contributions to the quality of life in the community about which they care so deeply.

Community Leaders Speak Out

“An investment in Girl Scouts is an investment in our future. Girls and young women visiting this first-of-its-kind Leadership Center will quickly learn that there are no boundaries for what they can do. This is a safe environment where girls from all cultures and backgrounds can apply their talents and passions to creating powerful and lasting change in our communities and around the world.”

-      Julia Argyros , Philanthropist and Community Leader

“Girl Scouts empowers girls in our neighborhoods and communities to develop vital leadership skills that will last a lifetime.  The new Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center will elevate the impact of Girl Scouting in Orange County and beyond by introducing girls to career paths in STEM and other professional services areas at an early age when they have time to think about and plan for their futures.”

-      Sandra Hutchens, Orange County Sheriff-Coroner, Girl Scout alumna, featured in GSOC's INSPIRE program

“It’s vitally important for girls in our community to envision successful futures for themselves and learn how to take the steps to achieve their goals.  By encouraging girls to explore career paths and introducing them to strong female leaders and STEM professionals, Girl Scouts is helping to shape the next generation of leadership, which leads to a stronger Orange County.”

-          Max Gardner, Former President and CEO, Orange County United Way

“I am proud to support Girl Scouts because, as a Girl Scout Alumna myself, I know the life-changing experiences that Girl Scouts provides to girls in our community.  The Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center will take these experiences a step further – giving volunteers the tools they need to help girls practice their leadership skills and explore ways that they can take action on issues they care about.”  

-          Elizabeth Stahr, Girl Scout alumna

“Girl Scouts plays a critical role in helping girls set and achieve goals and try new things in a safe environment.  I am excited to support a project like the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center, which will provide a venue with state of the art technology for girls to ‘try on’ different careers and see themselves as leaders.”

-          Dr. Victoria Collins, Girl Scout Alumna

“Women are dramatically underrepresented in leadership positions – in government and in the private sector.  Unless we take steps to prepare girls with the tools, skills and support to take the lead, this won’t change.  Girl Scouts is uniquely positioned to turn the tide and, through the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center, provide girls with a strong vision of what they can achieve.”     

-          Dr. Judy Rosener, Professor Emerita, UCI Paul Merage School of Business, author

“Growing up as a Girl Scout helped me see myself as a leader and showed me how I can positively impact my community and my country.  It is our responsibility to introduce girls to opportunities to lead early on, so that they can become our future CEO’s, political leaders and community advocates.  This facility fills a critical gap, enabling girls to explore, learn and practice leadership in a new way.”

-          Loretta Sanchez , Former Congresswoman, 46th District of California, Girl Scout alumna

“The Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center will amplify the science and math education that girls in our community are receiving in school, getting them out into the community and giving them the opportunity to take what they’ve learned and focus on real world applications.”

-          Al Mijares, Ph.D., OC Superintendent of Schools

“STEM careers are projected to grow dramatically in the next ten years, and we will have a critical need to fill these positions with capable and visionary leaders.  The Girl Scouts program and the Argyros Girl Scouts Leadership Center will address this important need and prepare a future workforce that is ready to step into these growing fields.”

-          STEM Executive 

In the Media

OC Register: New Girl Scouts STEM Headquarters in Newport Beach: A lot more than S'mores Saturday 23 September 2017
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LA Times: Girl Scouts to open Newport Beach educational center on Saturday 20 September 2017
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OC Register: Argyros family donates $2.5 million to Orange County Girl Scouts for leadership center 4 April 2017
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Girl Scouts of Orange County Announces $2.5M Gift from Ambassador and Mrs. George L. Argyros for Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center under Construction in Newport Beach 30 Mar 2017
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Girl Scouts of Orange County Starts Construction on New Leadership Center in Newport Beach 09 Mar 2016
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