On February 23, 2017, SHRM@QU members engaged with Kristin Lovene, the Senior Manager of Community-based Programs, and Janeska Cardona, the Community Program Specialist at Girl Scouts of Connecticut. They discussed Girlz R.U.L.E, a signature program that Girl Scouts of CT provides to girls in grades 3-8. Members went over the creation of such a program in a hands-on manner to effectively learn program design. Learning successful program design is crucial to an HR career and set members up for a necessary skill in their futures that they will have developed through hands-on learning.
Kristin and Janeska explained that the program offers Girl Scouts to young girls that may not have the money or resources to actually make troops. There are various types of programs they establish, such as healthy eating, and first aid. They also have the Cookies for Heroes program where they will send cookies overseas when people donate money or cookies to deployed military personnel. We participated in various activities that help girls learn more about empathy and verbal and non-verbal communication. Each activity involved us first doing it with verbal communication and planning and then the second half, or round we could not speak. We then discussed the challenges of each exercise with or without verbal communication and/or planning. They also showed us the app where you can search for the nearest girl scout cookies booth, which is really awesome!
We would like to thank Ms. Lovene and Ms. Cardona for taking the time out of their busy schedules to talk with us.
To learn more about the Girlz R.U.L.E. program, please visit: http://www.gsofct.org/pages/GirlzRULE.php