I am a woman and I have been a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America since I was 14 years old. I was a youth in Venture Scouts and Sea Scouts, I’ve been an adult leader in Sea Scouts, I’ve worked at a Boy Scout Camp, I’ve worked in non summer program for my local Council. I will be 25 in a few days and the best birthday present I could have ever received is the announcement that girls will be allowed to join Boy Scouts .
Everyone is proclaiming that finally girls are going to be part of the BSA when they’ve been able to be involved for years. Girls like myself have long been allowed to participate in a few select Co-Ed programs such as Venture Scouts, Sea Scouts, and Varsity Scouts. The ability to be part of the core Boy Scout program, however, is a monumental occasion and worthy of excitement and praise. Even more importantly, young women will be given the chance to earn the highly coveted rank of Eagle Scout. To say that I am jealous of all of the young women that will someday earn the rank of Eagle is an understatement, but I am beyond elated that I will see female Eagle Scouts exist. Continue reading Why We’re Celebrating Inclusion of Girls in Scouting→
As a middle schooler, when you pictured your upcoming years of high school, did you ever imagine suing your administration for discriminating against you and your friends?
The West Bend High School Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) existed for years, but was unrecognized by their school. They had an advisor and regular meetings, but official recognition from administration would allow them to advertise their events around campus, have a photo in the yearbook, and request funding if they ever needed it (they didn’t, they just wanted to hang posters).
Samlin Miller, former president of the West Bend High School GSA, explained that having a visible school-sponsored GSA would help educate and acclimate the school’s LGBTQ students. Without spaces like these clubs, students struggling to understand their identities may have nowhere to turn. Continue reading Reflections on West Bend High School in the DeVos Era→
“Now batting…for the Yankees…Number 2…Derek Jeter…Number 2.”
For 20 years, Bob Sheppard’s voice graced Yankee Stadium, old and new, with these eleven words. Even though he had died four years before Derek Jeter hit a walk-off single in his final at bat in his final home game, Jeter was announced by the centenarian every time he took his first home at bat of the game. This is who Derek Jeter was, and is, as a man: someone who respected the integrity of the game and the names that came before him. He wanted the “Voice of God” to announce him because it would not have been the same, or right, to be announced by anyone else. It was a small token of appreciation for what Sheppard had done for more than 50 years of his life, and this is my small token of appreciation for what Derek Jeter has done not just for me personally, but for The Bronx, New York, for 20 years of his life. Continue reading More Than Just the Number→
This fall, musicians and celebrity chefs are coming together for Chipotle Mexican Grill’s Cultivate Festival, described by organizers as the “one-day food, music and ideas festival is truly a family affair meant for all ages.” Boasting a Kids’ Zone, several celebrity appearances, and some awesome musical guests, the goal of the event is to engage attendees in “educational activities to help families learn about where their food comes from and why it’s important.”
Saturday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. in Bayfront Park, Miami, FL