Global Action Award


Over a decade ago 193 United Nation States and 23 international organizations came together to form eight goals that seek to improve the conditions of the world’s poorest countries by 2015. These goals launched by the United Nations include:

  1. Ending hunger and poverty
  2. Providing universal education
  3. Empowering girls
  4. Helping children survive
  5. Keeping mothers healthy
  6. Preventing diseases
  7. Saving the planet
  8. Promoting peace through partnership

Noticing how important these goals are to us all, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and Girl Scouts of the USA came together to create the Global Action Award that seeks to engage our Girl Scouts, Daisies to Ambassadors, to help the United Nations reach their goals by 2015.

Girl Scouts of Colorado wants to make sure we do our part too and has partnered with a local partner, Bead for Life, to help girls understand what life is like for many women and girls worldwide, with a focus on Uganda. Working together, Girl Scouts of Colorado and Bead for Life have combined the two stellar curriculums, Global Action Award and Eradicating Poverty One Bead at a Time, to bring a program unique to Colorado.

This program corresponds with the It’s Your World-Change It Journey.

Sign up now for an event in your area now! girlscoutsofcolorado.org/activities

If you do not see one, contact myworld@gscolorado.org to learn how to bring this program to your area.

BeadforLife is a Colorado non-profit that works to eradicate extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. BeadforLife helps its members by teaching them how to make jewelry to support their families while learning the skills to become business owners and entrepreneurs as well as reaching out to teach youth about global poverty and how they can make a difference in the world.

About Cortney Healy

Cortney Healy is the Program Service Manager for the My World Initiative for the Girl Scouts of Colorado. She is responsible for the development of programs for girls, grades K-12, in the areas of advocacy, politics and global issues. Cortney is a regional volunteer for CARE International. She served two years in Peace Corps Morocco as a Small Business Development volunteer teaching rural Moroccan women how to start an artisanal business. As chair of Peace Corps’ Gender and Development Committee, she produced and directed a documentary about rural female community leaders that became part of a yearly female development camp sustained by Peace Corps and the Democratic Association of Moroccan Women volunteers. In addition to the documentary, she created an online lesson plan for the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell World Wise School. Cortney entered the Peace Corps after graduating from the American University of Rome with a degree in Art History and Cultural Heritage Management and represented her school at the Harvard Model United Nations in 2008. She has a passion for international development, human rights, gender equality and photography.
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