National Children's Week 2022

27 October 2022

Happy National Children’s Week. 

Every year on the fourth Wednesday of October, Australia celebrates National Children’s Week. This week commemorates the right for all children to enjoy childhood and this year specifically, we acknowledge Article 27 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child. That being: 

All Children have the right to a standard of living that supports their wellbeing and healthy development. 

For more than 100 years, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT has worked toward building a healthy, happy, and safe environment that empowers girls and young women to discover their potential as leaders of their world. 

Why? Because an environment that’s safe for girls to learn, grow (and yes, sometimes fail), is a platform that heightens potential and expands possibility. 

Girl Guides has been empowering girls and young women in this way, for more than 100 years. We know first-hand, the benefits of the Australian Guide Program (AGP) on a girl’s wellbeing. 

In 2021, we successfully measured our impact on wellbeing and in 2022, this social impact measurement system was extended to a national survey. Our 2022 Social Impact Report conducted by Huber Social, found that Teens who participate in Girl Guides between one and three years experience:
- a 19% increase in resilience;
- an 18% increase in life skills; and
- an 18% increase in leadership skills.

Results indicate that both Young Girls and Teens feel safe at Guide Unit meetings, with participants rating this factor a 4.8 out of 5. Both age groups also self-reported high levels of feeling part of the Girl Guide community (4.63 and 4.52 out of 5 respectively). These findings are consistent whether a girl or teen has been with Guides for three months or five years.

Findings show that having people to turn to, and feeling part of a larger community, are key predictors to the overall wellbeing of Young Girls and Teens. With this knowledge, Girl Guides continues to contribute to the wellbeing of its Members by placing them in the best possible position to discover their potential as leaders of their world. 

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