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Girl Scouts Attend U.N. Commission in NYC


Four members of the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways (GSNYPENN) Council joined 15 of their sisters for a week earlier this month to represent the Girl Scout Movement and serve as delegates at the 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

The four girls were Morgan Herringshaw, of Mohawk, a Girl Scout Ambassador from Troop 20528, Isabella Shiel, of Newark Valley, a Girl Scout Ambassador from Troop 40349, Aubrey Coyle of Cicero, a Girl Scout Senior from Troop 10752 and Aarohi Rastogi, of Jamesville, a Girl Scout Senior from Troop 60500.

Each year, more than 5,000 women and girls from around the world gather for this session focused on the worldwide state of gender equality. GSNYPENN is one of only five Girl Scout councils (out of 100+ councils nationwide) selected to send a delegation for the 2023 session.

“We are very proud of Aubrey, Morgan, Aarohi, and Isabella for representing GSNYPENN and the Girl Scout Movement at the U.N. to advocate for women and girls everywhere and help make the world a better place,” says GSNYPENN CEO Julie Dale.

Staff member Serafina Sortino, a Membership Engagement Manager in the council’s Utica office, applied on behalf of GSNYPENN and was invited to attend the session with four girl delegates. The girls submitted applications to the council and were selected to join fellow Girl Scouts from California, Florida, and Oklahoma. Staff member Libby Bokal, a Membership Engagement Manager in the council’s Maine office, joined the group for their trip.

During the Commission on the Status of Women, girls attended sessions, listened to speakers, and advocated for what they believe is important and relevant for girls today. They engaged with non-governmental organizations, U.N. Agencies, Country Missions, and other youth delegates from around the world. Delegates also took part in and spoke at Girl Scout parallel events about STEM, digital literacy, access to technology in rural areas, and the importance of Girl Scouts and other organizations to champion digital literacy for girls.

To prepare for their roles during the experience, Girl Scouts participated in bi-weekly Zoom training beginning in August 2022. Along with attending inspirational events led by women leaders and professionals from across the globe during their visit to the U.N., the girls were also part of advocacy groups, and conversation circles, assisted with girl statement writing, and moderated their own event in collaboration with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. They also met people from all over the world, visited GSUSA headquarters, and sat in on the UN. General Assembly and more.

GSNYPENN serves girls in K-12 across 26 counties: Allegany, Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates in New York and Bradford and Tioga in Pennsylvania.

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