Brownies’ Quest leads them to city hall and beyond

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Girl Scouts who took part in our healthy communities Brownie Quest workshop in October and wrote letters to their Mayor, are seeing their advocacy efforts pay off.

In the workshop, the girls wrote to Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt to share their ideas for making their city healthier. The girls are particularly interested in increasing access to fresh food with more farmers markets in Roeland Park. They also want safe ways to bike or walk to school, with safer sidewalks and more bike lanes.

Mayor Marquardt quickly replied, inviting the girls to attend the very next city hall meeting in November. The Brownies took their spot on the agenda and addressed city council at the November meeting.

The council appreciated the boost of support and interest from the young advocates. Some of the major themes in the their 2015 Neighbor to Neighbor strategic plan include increasing walkability, beautifying green space and creating opportunities for youth and families to become involved in projects.

“I love that the girls are learning life-long lessons and skills that empower leadership and civic engagement. It would be great to follow up with them as we are a Community for All Ages and look for ways to engage in inter-generational discussion.” said Councilwoman Teresa Kelly.

“We are so proud to have helped the girls earn their Certificates of Merit for Civic Education. I expect they will continue to be involved as the projects come to fruition in Roeland Park,” said Michelle Dake, youth advocacy educator for KC Healthy Kids, who coordinated the workshop.

Additional Quest workshops are set for February 27 and April 16. For details, contact Michelle Dake.

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Mayor Marquardt happily accepted his gifts from Troop 1236.

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