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When girls guide or teach others, they act as mentors. An exciting part of a Girl Scout’s development, teen mentoring is a win-win proposition! As teen mentors, Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors gain experience by sharing skills, testing knowledge, and trying out new leadership roles. For the girls being mentored, it means a chance to be with and learn from teens—some of their favorite people! Most of all, teen mentoring can be rewarding and fun!
Teens who earn mentoring awards are given a special opportunity to serve as champions for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. As they serve in their roles, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors can help grow awareness of all Girl Scouting has to offer – Fun with a purpose: enjoyable and challenging activities that grow girls’ leadership in their daily lives and in the world.
Mentoring Awards include Program Aide (PA) and Volunteer-in-Training (V.I.T.). By earning these awards, girls from sixth grade up can deepen their understanding of what leadership development means and get excited about guiding others. The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for Cadettes, Seniorsand Ambassadors includes descriptions of the Teen Mentoring Awards they can earn at their grade level.
Become a Diamonds Program Aide! You'll learn how to work with younger Girl Scouts and explore your own talent as a leader. Upon completion of the training, girls will be awarded a certificate and t-shirt. You can then practice your Program Aide skills at six activity sessions and earn your Program Aide pin!
Requirements for taking PA training:
1.) Girls must be a Cadette (6th, 7th or 8th grade)
2.) Earn the LIA award (Prerequisite LIA Completion Form)
3.) Enroll in council approved PA training (provided annually in each region). If you are interested in a group of Cadettes (min. of 5) attending Program Aide Training outside of the annual trainings, please complete the Program Aide Training Form.
Need Program Aide assistance for an upcoming event or program? Please fill out this request form and submit it to your program specialist.
The V.I.T. award is for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors who would like to mentor a Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior or Cadette group outside of the camp experience. A V.I.T. project (working with a troop) needs to span a 3- to 6-month period. Today's V.I.T.s are tomorrow's leaders!
Requirements for VIT pin:
1.) Girls must be Seniors or Ambassadors (9th-12th grade)
2.) Find an adult volunteer to act as a mentor
3.) Complete the council-designed VIT leadership course booklet (available online)
4.) Create and implement a thoughtful Journey project lasting four or more sessions
5.) Attend at least one council-designed enrichment course