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Brown Foundation Awards San Jacinto Council $300,000 Grant To Expand Innovative Girl Scouting In the School Day Program

(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Houston, December 6, 2002) The Brown Foundation, Inc. has awarded Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) a $300,000 grant to expand its precedent-setting Girl Scouting in the School Day (GSISD). The program expansion will provide for the addition of the GSISD program and curriculum at The Brown School Excel Academy and The Center for Success and Independence. Both schools serve children who have been referred to them by the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department. In accordance with the Brown Foundation grant, GSSJC managers will train Harris County Juvenile Probation officers to become troop leaders and facilitators so they can deliver the programs.

GSISD is one of San Jacinto Council’s most successful community outreach programs, and is designed to help middle and high school girls resist peer pressure and make healthy decisions about issues facing youth today. The program is presented to girls in six-week segments in the fall and spring semesters during their middle school and high school physical education classes. Through the program, girls in Baytown, Channelview, Port Arthur, Beaumont, Vidor and Houston have learned how to face challenges ranging from depression and suicide, to teen pregnancy and coping with family crises. With the Brown Foundation’s generous contribution, 9,275 more girls will be impacted positively through Girl Scouting during their school day.

“We are so privileged to now be able to serve girls who are most in need of a curriculum like Girl Scouting in the School Day,” says Mary Vitek, San Jacinto Council’s chief executive officer. “We fully intend to make good on the Brown Foundation investment in this program. We have been reaching girls and helping them embrace their full potential for 80 years,” she adds.

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is the premiere organization for all girls—building character, values and skills for a lifetime. As the largest Girl Scout Council in Texas, San Jacinto serves more than 55,000 girls and 14,000 adults in 21 east and southeast Texas counties. For information about joining Girl Scouts, call 1-800-392-4340 and ask for Membership. Visit us online at www.gssjc.org.

GSSJS Pluralism Statement
Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.

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