Huntington, NY – On February 21st, Legislator Stephanie Bontempi (R-18th LD) met with two Suffolk County Girl Scouts, along with members of their organization’s leadership, to discuss government and public service. Bontempi’s office reached out to Suffolk County Girl Scouts some months back to see how her office could assist the aims of the organization’s members. Together, it was determined that an in-person career exploration meeting at the legislator’s district office would be a great start.
Girl Scouts are no strangers to public service, as demonstrated by their constant presence in the community and notable projects showcased at their award ceremonies. However, many Girl Scouts would like to continue their commitment to serving others in the future, possibly by working in government. Bontempi explained how there are countless ways to enter public service, whether it is through the civil service system or by becoming an elected official.
“Our young people are literally the future of this country,” said Bontempi. “However, we also have to realize that they are also the future of our villages, towns, counties and states. By providing the up-and-coming generations with the basics of how government works, we can better ensure that talented – and interested – individuals find themselves in positions of public trust.”
After providing the Girl Scouts with an overview of what a Suffolk County legislator does, the discussion turned towards possibly setting up a visit at the legislature in Hauppauge during one of its live meetings. After all, what better way to see government in action than to witness the lawmaking process in person? Additionally, the Girl Scouts were strongly encouraged to seek out government internships and summer employment opportunities.
“People need mentors in life, at all stages,” added Bontempi. “As a former teacher, I know the value of equipping students – or anyone who wants to learn something – with the tools needed to begin a journey of development. Therefore, I will continue to mentor whenever I can in my new capacity as a legislator.”
To learn more about the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, those interested can visit their site at: https://www.gssc.us.