FBI award recognizes the Adelante Jovencitas program

Posted: Mar 28, 2011

FBI Director Robert Mueller presents GSACPC’s Barb Strachan with the Community Leadership Award.

On March 25, 2011, representatives of the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC)were in Washington, D.C. to receive the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award. The award recognizes the continuing work of the Adelante Jovencitas program, which brings the leadership experience of Girl Scouting to girls aged 13 - 17 who are in the juvenile justice system or are at risk of delinquency.  Barb Strachan, the Program Manager for Adelante Jovencitas at GSACPC, accepted the award on the council’s behalf.

Adelante Jovencitas (Spanish for "young women moving forward") is part of GSACPC's Just Us - Social Justice Programs and is presented at the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections Black Canyon School,The Maricopa County Court Centers Durango and Southeast facilities, as well as several other community locations.

We know that girls are the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice system and that 95% of girls within the system are victims of sexual, physical, and/or emotional abuse. Adelante Jovencitas gives these girls the mentoring and life skills they can use to escape cycles of crime, domestic violence, substance abuse, sexual exploitation and homelessness.

Adelante Jovencitas served more than 500 girls in 2009. It is a partnership among GSACPC, Catholic Charities Community Services DIGNITY program and Casa Linda Lodge, Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections Black Canyon School, Maricopa County Juvenile Court Center's Durango and Southeast facilities, Arizona State University, Florence Crittenton, Back to Life, and the Emmett McLaughlin Community Center.

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