Unique partnership with Girl Scouts provides teens first-hand look at government

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#TBT: Girls Rock the Capital 2014
#TBT: Girls Rock the Capital 2014

BEDFORD, NH –  High school girls who are passionate about government and are interested in learning more about the intricate world of public policy are encouraged to apply for a unique internship program, Girls Rock the Capitol (GRTC).  The program gives girls in New Hampshire and Vermont an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the state legislative process –  from attending committee meetings and full House sessions, to hearing debates and discussions about bills and laws directly affecting their state.

Sponsored by Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains with support from the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation, GRTC has been offered to Vermont and New Hampshire girls for well over a decade.

“This truly is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for girls to learn about government and develop confidence and leadership skills along the way,” says program coordinator Melissa Mason. As part of the program, girls will spend six days between January and June shadowing female legislators at the state capitol.

Ashley Morrill, a student at Lakes Region Union High School in Orleans, VT, said her time spent at her state capitol last year was a life-changing experience. “I saw how everyday people can help change the course of legislation through testifying and giving feedback,” Morrill said. “Vermont is a small state that has strong connections with its people, and that was very apparent through this process.”

Morrill’s experiences with Girls Rock the Capitol also inspired her enroll in an AP Government and Politics course this year, and she hopes to return to the Vermont State House again in 2016.

GRTC applications are due by October 31 and are available online at www.girlscoutsgwm.org. Applicants should be articulate and mature, and able to fully participate in all State House visits, and in evaluations and training- including an overnight stay held during February or April vacation. Prior participation in Girl Scouts is not required. Although there is no charge for the program, participants must register with Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Annual membership dues are $30 and financial assistance is available to qualified applicants.

For more information contact Mason at mmason@girlscoutsgwm.org or visit www.girlscoutsgwm.org.

About Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains:

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is recognized throughout New Hampshire and Vermont as a leading expert on girls. Our innovative leadership programs help girls discover, connect and take action as they develop strong values, a social conscience, and a deep sense of self and their potential. We serve more than 10,500 girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. With the guidance of more than 4,000 dedicated and trained volunteers, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together

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