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Girl Voice Committee

The Girl Voice Committee is a group of Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts (grades 9–12) who serve as a champion for girls within the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California's council jurisdiction. The GVC will provide leadership for all girls by implementing activities, drafting and advising on council policy, and instating effective change for the betterment of GSHCC members and our larger community. Participation in GVC will provide practical experiences for college and career readiness, such as resume building, interview tactics, and group facilitation skills.

Applications will be accepted from any Girl Scout in grades 9-12, who are current, registered members of Girl Scouts Heart of Central California. Applications from 8th graders will be accepted and reviewed on a case by case basis.

About the Girl Voice Committee

What you will do

As a member of the Girl Voice Committee, you and your peers will be tasked annually to:

  • Collaborate with Girl Scouts Heart of Central California leadership and staff to propose innovative programming for the council.
  • Advise Girl Scout Heart of Central California Leadership and Staff 
  • Gain leadership and professional development skills.
  • Plan relevant girl events that increase girl engagement.
  • Attend Girl Scout Voice Committee meetings and Girl Scout Voice Committee events.
  • Demonstrate Girl Scout pride through community involvement.
  • Serve as a voice, leader, and advocate for girls in the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California council.
Meetings, term length and commitment

Meetings
The Girl Scout Voice Committee meets virtually twice a month. It is currently meeting the first and third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m.

Term
Each Girl Scout can serve two 1-year terms on the committee, up to September 30, of their graduation year from high school. Once appointed, you are expected to commit to one year on the committee. General members are welcome to remain members of GVC for all of the years they remain eligible.  

 

 

Qualifications and selection criteria

Any Girl Scout Senior (grades 9–10) or Girl Scout Ambassador (grades 11–12) who is a registered member of Girl Scouts Heart of Central California is encouraged to apply.

A strong candidate:

  • Lives by the Girl Scout Promise and Law. 
  • Has strong leadership qualities and/or has held leadership positions within her community. 
  • Can provide evidence of Girl Scout participation.
  • Can provide evidence of volunteering within and outside of the Girl Scouts.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of strong written and/or verbal communication skills
Application process

Candidates who are interested in joining the Girl Voice Committee must submit an application. After submitting an application, an advisor will set up a meeting to discuss expectations and provide meeting links. Candidates who are interested in serving as a board member (any position other than general member) will provide an additional application and go through an interview process with advisors. 

 

Girl Voice Committee Positions

President

President Purpose: The Girl Voice Committee President will serve in the highest capacity of a leadership role to the GVC. The GVC President serves as a role model and representative for all GSHCC Girl Scout members. The President serves as the lead facilitator for all GVC meetings and works closely with the Vice President to ensure proper procedures are followed for all agendas and schedules. The President is one of GVC representatives to the GSHCC Executive Leadership Council Staff. Most importantly, the GVC President provides an inclusive, collaborative and positive environment for the entire GVC. 

Term: 1 Year 

Responsibilities:

  • Attend Up to 2 GVC meetings a month and potentially 1 additional GVC event a quarter 
  • Preside over all GVC meetings 
  • Act as a facilitator for GVC Meetings 
  • Know the basics of meeting procedures to ensure smooth meetings
  • Serve as GVC Representative of GSHCC Executive Leadership Council Staff
  • Maintain frequent contact with Girl Voice Committee Mentors (Kaitlyn and Adriana)
  • Participate in GVC Events 
  • Create structure and vision for the future of GVC 
  • Delegate responsibility to the GVC  in order to best spread out tasks and assignments.
  • Collaborate with GSHCC Staff in an advisory capacity as the “girl representative” for upcoming GSHCC planned events

Qualifications:

  • Registered Girl Scout of Girl Scouts Heart of Central California 
  • Model courage, confidence, and character in all aspects of their life.
  • Have a clear and recognizable vision for where Girl Scouts can grow, adapt, and change for the betterment of all volunteers and members.
  • Be willing to be a changemaker when appropriate, but also practice creative collaboration.
  • Be willing to be flexible and adaptive — things are changing at a rapid rate and each candidate should be able to flow at that speed.
Vice President

Purpose: The Girl Voice Committee Vice President will serve as an assistant leadership role to the entire GVC. The Vice President will work closely with the President for all committee meeting agendas and scheduling. The Vice President is one of GVC representatives to the GSHCC Executive Leadership Council Staff. Most importantly, the GVC Vice President provides an inclusive, collaborative and positive environment for the entire GVC. 

Term: 1 Year  

Responsibilities:

  • Attend Up to 2 GVC meetings a month and potentially 1 additional GVC event a quarter.
  • Serve in the President's role when the President is unable to attend meetings or fulfill President's responsibilities. 
  • Know the basics of meeting procedures to ensure smooth meetings
  • Create a collaborative environment with the President in order to brainstorm new ideas/provide support for the entire GVC.
  • Participate in GVC events. 
  • Support the President in the delegation of tasks, step up to take the lead on projects, and help complete the work of the GVC.
  • Collaborate with GSHCC Staff  in an advisory capacity as the girl representative for upcoming GSHCC planned events. 

Qualifications:

  • Registered Girl Scout of Girl Scouts Heart of Central California 
  • Model courage, confidence, and character in all aspects of their life.
  • Have a clear and recognizable vision for where Girl Scouts can grow, adapt, and change for the betterment of all volunteers and members.
  • Be willing to be a changemaker when appropriate, but also practice creative collaboration.
  • Be willing to be flexible and adaptive — things are changing at a rapid rate and each candidate should be able to flow at that speed.
Secretary

Purpose: The Girl Voice Committee Secretary Chair will serve in the capacity of record and documentation keeper for GVC meetings. The Secretary Chair maintains a database of meeting agendas, communications and requests pertaining to the GVC. 

Term: 1 Year 

Responsibilities:

  • Attend Up to 2 GVC meetings a month and potentially 1 additional GVC event a quarter
  • Responsible for keeping minutes (notes of meeting discussion and decisions) during GVC Meetings
  • Keep an organized folder of all past agendas and minutes that is shared with advisors
  • Participate in GVC events
  • Remain dependable and trustworthy, by action and word
  • Create an environment of giving/receiving feedback in a positive and constructive way

Qualifications:

  • Model courage, confidence, and character in all aspects of their life.
  • Have a clear and recognizable vision for where Girl Scouts can grow, adapt, and change for the betterment of all volunteers and members.
  • Be willing to be a changemaker when appropriate, but also practice creative collaboration.
  • Be willing to be flexible and adaptive — things are changing at a rapid rate and each candidate should be able to flow at that speed.
Treasurer

Purpose: The Girl Voice Committee Treasurer Chair serves in the capacity of financial record keeping: such as events budget, committee spending, donation tracking, database tracking, financial approvals, and other financial aspects for the committee. Treasure Chair will collaborate regularly with Girl Voice Committee Mentors on the GVC financial records keeping and tracking. 

Term: 1 Year 

Responsibilities:

  • Along with the President, Vice President,  and Mentors help design the projected budget for the calendar year, including donations needed, money allocated, grant money received, etc.
  • Organize and file all documentation in specific treasurers folders.
  • Evaluate the efficiency of money spent, allocated, saved, by the GVC. 
  • Participate in GVC events.
  • Remain dependable and trustworthy by action and word.
  • Create an environment of giving/receiving feedback in a positive and constructive way.

Qualifications:

  • Registered Girl Scout of Girl Scouts Heart of Central California 
  • Model courage, confidence, and character in all aspects of their life.
  • Have a clear and recognizable vision for where Girl Scouts can grow, adapt, and change for the betterment of all volunteers and members.
  • Be willing to be a changemaker when appropriate, but also practice creative collaboration.
  • Be willing to be flexible and adaptive — things are changing at a rapid rate and each candidate should be able to flow at that speed.
Operations Manager

Purpose: The Operations Manager serves as the point of contact between general members, board members and staff in regards to all operations of the committee. The Operations Manager will be responsible for communicating pertinent notes, dates, and responsibilities to relevant parties.

Term: 1 year 

Responsibilities:

  • Attend Up to 2 GVC meetings a month and potentially 1 additional GVC event a quarter
  • Maintain an up-to-date list of all GVC members, mentors and relevant staff
  • Work with secretary and mentors to post meeting minutes, notes and recordings to relevant information channels
  • Keep detailed records of event plans, including delegated responsibilities, task progress and supply lists
  • Participate in GVC events
  • Remain dependable and trustworthy by action and word
  • Create an environment of giving/receiving feedback in a positive and constructive way

Qualifications: 

  • Registered Girl Scout of Girl Scouts Heart of Central California 
  • Model courage, confidence, and character in all aspects of their life
  • Have a clear and recognizable vision for where Girl Scouts can grow, adapt, and change for the betterment of all volunteers and members
  • Be willing to be a changemaker when appropriate, but also practice creative collaboration
  • Be willing to be flexible and adaptive — things are changing at a rapid rate, and each candidate should be able to flow at that speed

General Member

Purpose: Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts can apply to be a General Member of the Girl Voice Committee. A General Member will help provide guidance, help and support for GVC events. General Members will assist as needed on any special projects for the GVC and potentially Girl Scout Heart of Central California Staff members.

Term: 1 year

Responsibilities:

  • Attend monthly GVC General Membership meetings 
  • Assist and/or attend GVC planned events
  • Assist on special projects for the GVC or GSHCC Staff
  • Remain dependable and trustworthy by action and word

Qualifications:

  • Registered Girl Scout of Girl Scouts Heart of Central California 
  • Model courage, confidence, and character in all aspects of their life
  • Have a clear and recognizable vision for where Girl Scouts can grow, adapt, and change for the betterment of all volunteers and members
  • Be willing to be a change-maker when appropriate, but also practice creative collaboration
  • Be willing to be flexible and adaptive — things are changing at a rapid rate, and each candidate should be able to flow at that speed

 

Questions? 

Reach out to us at girlvoice@girlscoutshcc.org!