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Celebration of Civic Engagement

presented by the James B. McClatchy Foundation

Celebration of Civic Engagement

Be an advocate from the comfort of your own home!

Civic engagement and the power to change the world has been a part of Girl Scouts from the start! Join us as we listen and interact with professionals and leaders from both private and public sectors. Gain new skills through shared experiences and ask how they achieved their ability to support efforts in civic engagement, public policy, building your personal brand and landing the perfect internship/career! This event is delivered in collaboration with California Women Lead.

This event is made possible thanks to generous contributions from The James B. McClatchy Foundation.

Stay tuned for more information around our workshops, badge work and presenters for this one-day event.

Register Now - Celebration of Civic Engagement

Saturday, August 8, 2020

All times are in Pacific Standard Time (PST).

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Opening Ceremony led by Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 

  • Workshop – How a Bill becomes a Law
  • Virtual Guided Tour – VIP behind the scenes: Sacramento, CA Capitol Tour
  • Panel/Discussion – Gaining the support of Legislation

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM 

  • Workshop – Young Elected: Why your voice matters
  • Virtual Guided Tour – Bismark, North Dakota and Pierre, South Dakota Capitol Tour
  • Panel / Discussion – Leading the Team: Behind the Scenes

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

  • Workshop – Building your personal brand
  • Virtual Guided Tour – Olympia, WA Capitol Tour
  • Panel / Discussion – Internships and Building your career

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM  Break

  • Optional break out rooms available for girls to engage with no agenda.  

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM     

  • Workshop – Mock Debate: Topic is Hamilton
  • Sign up here to participate in the trial
  • Virtual Guided Tour – Albany, NY Capitol Tour
  • Panel / Discussion – Social Media for Change

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Keynote and Closing 

Program Fee: $12 for girl members, $22 for girl non-members. Not a member? Join now and save!


At Girl Scouts Heart of Central California (GSHCC), we believe every girl deserves the opportunity to experience the lifelong benefits of Girl Scouting, regardless of their financial situation.

Financial assistance is available to current GSHCC members to assist with the cost of event and program fees, including the Girl Scouts Celebration of Civic Engagement Presented by the James B. McClatchy Foundation. Select the financial aid option during the event registration process to apply.  

Financial Assistance is available to anyone interested in joining GSHCC, to assist with the cost of a Girl Scout membership ($25 a year). Select the financial aid option during the membership registration process to apply.

Please consider extending the hand of sisterhood to girls unable to afford the basic costs of Girl Scout membership: uniforms, books and activities that ignite their confidence to change the world by donating to the GSHCC Financial Assistance Fund.

Learn more about financial assistance.


What is Celebration of Civic Engagement?

This event is similar to GSHCC’s Day at the Capitol as we learn about public policy, democracy, civic engagement, advocacy and resume building in order to land the perfect internship from professionals in both public and private sectors.

This event will include panel discussions, workshops, and virtual capitol tours throughout the US.

Activities were made possible through the our partnership with California Women Lead.

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How will the event run?
You will receive an email by August 7, with a link to our virtual event center. That one link will give you access to all webinars listed in the schedule above. You will not need a separate link per webinar event.

The doors open at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 8. This will help you familiarize yourself with the virtual platform. The opening ceremony will begin at 8:30am. There is one break throughout the day, but girls do have the option to attend breakout rooms hosted by GSHCC staff and program partners.

How do I participate in the event?
You will need to sign up for the event and you will need access to high-speed internet connection, an internet-enable device with a camera, microphone, speaker and/or keyboard.

Who is invited to attend?
All Girls who are a Cadette, Senior or Ambassador. Non-members who are going into grades 6–12

Interested in becoming a GS member? Join now!

Is financial assistance available?
Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. If you request financial assistance, please respond to our requests for additional information.  If we do not hear back from you in a timely manner, your registration may be canceled.

Are refunds available?
No, no refunds are available for this event.