As teen mentors, Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors gain experience by sharing skills, testing knowledge, and trying out new leadership roles. For the girls being mentored, it means a chance to be with and learn from teens—some of their favorite people! Most of all, teen mentoring can be rewarding and fun!
Teens who earn mentor awards are given a special opportunity to serve as champions for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Mentoring Awards include Program Aide (PA) for Cadettes and Volunteer-in-Training (V.I.T.) for Seniors and Ambassadors. By earning these awards, girls from 6-12th grade can deepen their understanding of what leadership development means and get excited about guiding others.
The Program Aide award is for Cadettes who would like to work with younger Girl Scouts and explore their talent as a leader. Upon completion of the training, girls will be awarded a certificate and T-shirt. Girls can then practice your Program Aide skills at six activity sessions and earn their Program Aide pin!
Requirements for taking PA training:
1.) Girls must be a Cadette (6th, 7th, or 8th grade)
2.) Earn the LiA (Leaders in Action) award by assisting a Brownie Troop through a journey.
3.) Enroll in Council approved PA training (provided annually in each region)
Visit the Program Calendar for dates and registration information
The V.I.T. award is for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors who would like to mentor a Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior or Cadette group outside of the camp experience. A V.I.T. project (working with a troop) needs to span a 3 to 6 month period. Today's V.I.T.s are tomorrow's leaders!
Requirements for VIT pin:
1.) Girls must be Seniors or Ambassadors (9th-12th grade)
2.) Find an adult volunteer to act as a mentor
3.) Complete the council-designed VIT leadership course booklet (available online)
4.) Create and implement a thoughtful Journey project lasting four or more sessions
5.) Attend at least one council-designed enrichment course
To find out more information on this program, contact Program Specialist Emily Eudy (870) 773-2151 ext. 2016 or firstname.lastname@example.org