Girl Scouts provides a nurturing space with opportunities for girls to grow and learn new things. In addition, Girl Scouts provides girls with the programs to build their confidence, character, and skills for success in the world. From traditional troops and independent experiences to community programs and specialized events, we provide a safe space for girls to grow, share new experiences, develop core values and contribute to society. Because of your support, we are able to do more for and with girls in our community specifically through special initiatives aimed at making Girl Scouting available to all girls everywhere, no matter what her circumstances are.
GSBB equips girls ages 5 to 17 whose mothers are incarcerated with the tools they'll need to succeed, while strengthening the mother/daughter bond through regular visits. Mothers and their daughters take an active leadership role in the planning and implementation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, a process that fosters life skills development and personal growth. After release, parents and daughters can continue to participate in troop meetings in their communities, making Girl Scouting a consistent and supportive presence in their lives.
GSYES provides year-round engagement opportunities for girls from a variety of life circumstances residing in communities where Girl Scouting has not yet taken root. GSYES aims to provide dedicated prevention programs and a wide range of services in partnership with the community to serve girls (ages 5-18). The programs are free for participants, staff and volunteer driven. The programs are delivered in safe, nurturing environments (approximately 55 locations valley-wide) where girls develop strong leadership skills to thrive throughout their lives and strengthen their communities.
Girl Scouts in Detention Centers is the only national gender-specific program serving females who reside in group homes or have been incarcerated or detained and encourages these girls (ages 12−17) to embrace new ways of viewing themselves: as leaders full of potential. Established in the 1990s, GSDC serves girls in all areas of the juvenile justice system, including those in secure detention, in residential treatment, on probation, at alternative high schools, and in community troops after their release. The program provides year-round activity with weekly meetings within the juvenile correction systems or group homes and then continuing community troop support once girls are released.
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