Friday, November 22, 2013

Lynelle McKay's Wells Fargo Kick-Off Speech

Society encourages girls to reach for the stars, to never give up, but if their community doesn’t provide them with the tangible tools and knowledge to do so, then we are failing them. Confidence, character and leadership skills are all traits fostered by Girl Scouting. They are also the foundation to becoming upstanding citizens.

Girl Scouts surprises Wells Fargo with a big welcome. 
Financial literacy is a subject more and more people are talking about--especially regarding girls and women. A recent Prudential Research study revealed  that women have more acquisitional power today than ever before, yet fewer than two in 10 of them feel “very prepared” to make wise financial decisions. Women have a longer life expectancy—sorry, guys!—but smaller retirement savings goals. This is unacceptable.

The statistics are clear; both Girl Scouts of Central Texas and Wells Fargo are aware of it. This is why we’ve teamed up to provide the girls of Central Texas with a patch program that will introduce them to personal finance management and empower them to manage their money wisely.

It’s not just the program we’re here to announce, though. We’re also here today to thank Wells Fargo for their generous donation of $30K, which will allow us to bring this program to 46 counties and over 19,000 girls that we serve. That means that after completing the program, 19,000 Central Texas girls have the knowledge and skills required to manage their finances as confidently as their male counterparts.

Girl Scouts of Central Texas is committed to providing high-quality and relevant leadership experiences to the girls we serve. We know these girls, the future beacons of our community and decision-makers of the world rely on us as a council, troop leaders and volunteers to provide them with the tools not just to survive, but to thrive in all aspects of their lives. Today, thanks to Wells Fargo, we can go even further in our mission. We can’t wait to see how far we’ll go with Wells Fargo.

From everyone at Girl Scouts of Central Texas--every member of the board, all staff members, and every single girl: Thank you, Wells Fargo!

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