Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Program Receives Grant—Exciting Changes are Coming!

Posted: Jul 15, 2011

From left to right (front row): Trustees of Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust Nancy Russell, Frank Russell, Carol Schilling

From left to right (back row): GSACPC staff Kristie Leshinskie (Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager), Leann Murphy (Program Coordinator-Just Us Social Justice Programs), Tamara J. Woodbury (CEO GSACPC)

Thanks to a grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, a very special Girl Scout Program, Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB), will be an even greater force for good!

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars works with girls whose mothers are incarcerated with the hope of breaking the cycle of incarceration and poverty. GSBB has a holistic approach—strengthening the mother-daughter bond while building girls’ inner leadership abilities.  Girls in this program are able to see and spend time with their mothers twice a month, participate in troop activities and are supported by caring adult mentors.

The funds received from the Nina Mason Pulliam grant will allow GSBB to dramatically expand its mentorship program from 17 to 75 mentors and will almost double the number of girls served by GSBB from 75 to 150 by 2014.

“Nina Pulliam would have been thrilled with her Trust’s support of the Girl Scouts,” said Trustee Nancy Russell, also a former Girl Scout leader.  “Leadership development and youth programming focused on girls and young women were of great interest to Nina Pulliam, she was a great believer in scouting and its impact on young lives.”

Way to go, GSBB!

For more information about Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, click here.

For more information about The Just-Us Social Justice Programs, click here.