Leadership Center takes shape in Columbia; Call to action for community
This is a game-changer for our girls. The Cathy Novinger Girl Scout
Leadership Center is positioned to be a premier destination for girls
and young women in our council as well as across the southeast and the
country. The Leadership Center has just taken a pivotal step in that
process with construction beginning and a renewed commitment from
statewide leaders to aid our girls in their development and growth.
Today, Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands President
and CEO Kim Hutzell, joined by Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Campaign
Honorary Chairs Charlotte Berry, Susu Johnson, and Minor Shaw, along
with board members, troop leaders and Girl Scouts, celebrated this new
step and called on the community to join this journey.
"The Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center will benefit
all girls in our council in South Carolina and we hope its reach will
extend throughout the southeast and beyond,” said Kim Hutzell,
president and CEO of Girl Scouts Mountains to Midlands. “Today
is a sign of our commitment to our girls as we launch the public phase
of our campaign. We have raised funds to start this process but we
still need the community to come together and help us finish this
project. The investment isn’t in the physical structure of this soon
to be state-of-the-art facility, this is an investment in the future
of all our girls and the lasting impact we know they will have on our
state and beyond.”
In a matter of months, the new Leadership Center will be transformed
into an incubator for every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator,
Risk-taker, and Leader) and young woman, allowing the freedom to
unlock their potential, advance their goals, and prepare themselves to
become leaders of their lives and in our communities.
Centrally located in Columbia’s downtown Vista on the edges of the
Congaree River, the 32,000 square-foot leadership center will not only
give girls a view of the capital cityscape but point to the
possibilities that lie within their own ability. The center’s
available resources coupled with the girls’ ambition will help
cultivate the workforce of the future and strengthen the fabric of our
communities, state and world.
The Leadership Center will allow girls to participate in activities
in the five areas of leadership development: Arts, Business
Enterprise, Healthy Living, Outdoor Education, and STEM. The
multi-functional space will also allow for troop, service unit and
council programming and will include an indoor rappelling and climbing
wall, overnight housing, a STEM lab, an easily accessible Girlz Gear
retail shop, the Midlands Service Center, and space for staff and
Project management of the construction process is being led by LCK.
BOUDREAUX designed the space and Landmark Builders of South Carolina,
LLC is leading the remodeling of the building with an estimated
completion by the summer of 2019.
Learn more about The Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center here.
Community Leader Quotes for Attribution:
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin: "The Girl Scouts has
always been one of the most influential and robust resources for girls
and young women. My own girls have benefited from the leadership
development opportunities provided by Girl Scouts. Today, we are
investing in our girls. They need a place to grow, while positioning
them to be the best future leaders. The Cathy Novinger Girl Scout
Leadership Center can do that for all girls."
Charlotte Berry, Columbia Honorary Chair: "The Cathy
Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center is the perfect place to empower
girls. Our girls and young women deserve a space all their own, to
learn, to experience and to effect change. For this community, the
leadership center will be a real boom, becoming an icon for other
states and other regions to come and see what we are able to provide
for the girls."
Minor Shaw, Greenville Honorary Chair: "Girl Scouts is so
important for young women. The Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership
Center is needed for girls to gain confidence to develop their full
potential. We have a responsibility to these girls to guide them to be
future leaders for our world. What these girls will learn at the
leadership center will prepare them for life. These girls are ready
and we stand ready to support them."
Susu Johnson, Spartanburg Honorary Chair: "The empowerment
of women has been a lifelong commitment of mine. To grow and nurture
strong young women out of girlhood into maturity is an absolute
necessity. It's amazing to see what happens with collaboration and
unified support from the community to nurture our future female
leaders. The Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center has been
carefully planned and will be carefully constructed to assist these
girls with the proven tools they need for a promising future."
Lou Kennedy, Midlands Public Phase Honorary Chair: “Female
leadership in South Carolina received a real boost today, as
construction began on The Cathy Novinger Leadership Center. The
facility offers young girls an incredible learning experience with
dedicated centers for art, business, science, and government. This is
a great opportunity to plant seeds for their future leadership.”