National Service Project
The National Service Project (NSP) is a nationwide challenge focused on providing service and giving members an opportunity to live out our Mission together of making a difference in the world. The first NSP was launched in 2010 and drew inspiration from the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger. Each of the subsequent NSP’s has focused on a universal issue: MDG 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women, MDG 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability, MDG 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education (focused on literacy). With the end of the Millennium Development Goals, we are now turning our attention to the United Nation’s new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aligning with SDG 1 – End Poverty in All Its Forms Everywhere. GGC will contribute towards this goal by addressing poverty in Canada.
September 2016 – August 2018 NSP: Action on Poverty
Inspired by the 1st Seymour Guides’ submission, the title “Action on Poverty” embodies the spirit of service by putting girls into action. Action on Poverty aims to reduce the harmful effects of poverty by building understanding, empathy, and compassion for those living in poverty while reducing its stigma through continuous learning and dialogue. This is done through a service-learning approach that combines a service project with instant meeting activities.
Learn more about our new NSP: Action on Poverty
2015 – August 2016 NSP: Words in Action
Words in Action focused on MDG 2 - Achieve Universal Primary Education through the theme of “Literacy”. The goal of the NSP was to increase girls’ interest in reading and writing, promote the importance of literacy, increase access to books and information for communities across Canada, and more. This was done through active games and service activities such as hosting a book drive in their community, hosting a book exchange during a unit meeting, and volunteering to read at a library.
2012 – 2014 NSP: Operation Earth Action
Operation Earth Action was based on the United Nation’s MDG #7 - ensuring environmental sustainability. It focused on performing service for the environment in fun and inspiring ways. Girls pledged or participated in activities that focused on at least two of the following areas:
Reduce use of plastic water bottles and/or shopping bags
Reduce the distance their food travels
Make homemade green products
Plant trees in a public space
Reduce energy consumption
Support and build animal habitats
Upcycle materials from trash to treasure
2011 NSP: EmPOWERing Girls
EmPOWERing Girls was based on the United Nation’s MDG #3 - promoting gender equality and empowering women. It focused on learning about issues facing girls and women around the world. One component of the NSP was to have girl and adult members sign PLAN Canada’s petition asking the Canadian government, and the United Nations, to create an International Day of the Girl.
2010 NSP: Eradicating Poverty and Hunger
In its inaugural year, our NSP was based on the United Nation’s MDG #1 – eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. More than 16,000 members committed to over 68,000 acts to end hunger and poverty through various activities.