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Women in Comm. hosts workshop for Girl Scouts’ Ignite program

Women in Comm. Correspondent

Published: Monday, November 12, 2012

Updated: Monday, November 12, 2012 16:11

Early Saturday morning, Nov. 3, 2012, student members of Women in Communications gathered at the Tom and Ann Stuart Community Center to teach Girl Scouts from Troop 43001 effective communication skills. The age of the participants ranged from 3rd grade to 7th grade. The purpose of the workshop was to aid the Girl Scouts in earning their Girl Scout badges in communication. 

“It was a marvelous gift watching my UTM students work with young women from the community. I am always encouraging them to take risks,” said UTM Professor of Communications Dr. Teresa Collard. “With this project they stepped out of their comfort zone and made a real difference.” 

The workshop was part of the Girl Scouts' Ignite program, which teaches the girls new information in an exciting way. The program hopes that at least one girl will become inspired by the information, and that it will stay with her throughout her lifetime, helping her to become a successful and productive young woman. 

"The girls absolutely loved it, and it was one of my favorite Girl Scouts events of all time so far!  [Women in Comm.] was organized, enthusiastic, educational and most importantly fun!” said Leah Burnett, AmeriCorps Vista and Girls Scouts Heart of the South.

Women in Comm. led six different sessions with the participants during the workshop. The sessions included writing news stories, defining key terms and concepts in communications, branding individual images, outlining ideas and concerns related to promoting an even, and understanding verbal and nonverbal communication strategies. The highlight of the morning was a performance of “Mr. Brown Can Moo. Can you?” by the participants and trainers. 

“Teaching the Girl Scouts communication skills was one of the most delightful experiences I’ve had in college,” said Natalie Medling, Women in Comm. member. “The girls loved the hands-on learning. I taught the 'Play It' activity where the girls put on the play, 'Mr. Brown Can Moo. Can you?' The Troop as a whole put on a class act performance.”

The workshop ended with Women in Comm. providing pizzas for the girls, which was a great opportunity for them to relax and get to know the Girl Scouts. Women in Comm. looks forward to hosting another workshop with the girls during the spring.

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