What is Girls First?

We know that girls and their needs are changing. Our goal is to not only meet these needs but to ensure we are well-positioned to continue meeting them in the future. Recognizing this, GGC launched Girls First, a comprehensive review and revision of our programming and program delivery.

Girls First will have a positive impact on the entire organization. It will re-shape GGC, how we see ourselves internally and how the world sees us. The resulting new programming will truly reflect the interests of today’s girls and will better support Guiders as mentors, making GGC more relevant to the needs of our members. Most importantly, the programming will allow girls to be actively involved in their learning experience. It’s a complex initiative involving extensive consultations with our membership, parents and other youth-serving organizations; developing programming and a program delivery model; and ensuring that an evaluation and continuous quality improvement plan is in place.

Where are we today?

We have made significant progress over the last couple of years, laying the foundation for what will be the single most important change at GGC in the last 15 years. We have gathered input from across Canada that has been instrumental in informing our progress to date, including consultation with members and a comprehensive review on current research on the factors that impact the lives of Canadian girls – please click on the links below to take a look at what we have learned.

At this point we have decided to take a step back to review progress to date and evaluate the challenges and opportunities that our findings have brought to light. Periodic pauses for assessment are not unusual for a project as complex as Girls First. It will help us ensure that we are on the mark as we move forward to the programming development stage.

We will provide updates on next steps in the near future – with communications to girls and their parents, adult members, and provincial and national staff. Your support to date is appreciated. Your ongoing support will be invaluable as we move forward.

Girls First Research

Overview and key findings of consultations

Canadian girls in today’s world