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Action Day: Girls Get to Work Around Chicago

Jul 16, 2012

Whether they were planting trees or learning how to run a business, young women from dozens of countries made their mark on Chicago during Action Day at the Girls’ World Forum.

Hundreds of girls fanned out to sites across the city, including an urban farm, the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Brookfield Zoo, Chicago Cares, a center that helps refugees from other countries get settled in Chicago, and Journey World, where they learned about entrepreneurship.

Action Day and the leadership training they are receiving at Girls’ World Forum are providing a great foundation for the Take Action projects all the participants will tackle when they get home.

Here’s what some of our bloggers from the Girl Planning Team saw:

Mandy: It was a really hot day at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, but that didn’t stop girls from everywhere around the world from connecting as they worked hard—pulling weeds and hauling mulch to help create a healthy environment for the trees and plants in the garden.

The girls were focused on learning more about environmental sustainability, but they had time to have some fun. Girls from places as different as Botswana, South America, and Alabama worked together to make a difference.

As they worked, girls who spoke only French and girls who spoke only English bonded as they sang Justin Bieber songs and some classic camp songs, too!

Simone: At the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s Journey World, girls learned the basics of entrepreneurship, which will be an important tool for all of us as we leave the Girls’ World Forum and start our Take Action projects at home.

Everyone split up and worked with girls they didn’t know. Sierra, a Girl Scout from Virginia, worked with girls from Namibia. Girls from Qatar and girls from Alabama helped one another grasp the basics of accounting in Journey World’s bank. And Patricia from Dallas even got to play judge!

Girls’ World Forum Girl Planning Team members Mandy Ehlert, Simone Bridgeforth, Erin Chant, and Michelle Powers contributed photos and content for this post.