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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 – October 15 Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council proudly celebrates the diversity and rich culture of Hispanics, across America and beyond. During this month, the Council pays homage to Latinos who honor their indigenous and Spanish roots. Today more than 44 million people in the United States are of Hispanic origin, 270,000 of whom are young Latinas who proudly call themselves Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) has more than 63,000 registered members. More than 16,000 of those members are of Latina origin. In addition to earning patches for learning more about Hispanic heritage through Girl Scouts, girls can also attend leadership development trainings and build the courage, confidence and character necessary to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Given that diversity is a key ingredient in the Girl Scout philosophy, Hispanic Heritage Month is the perfect time for girls of all backgrounds to come together to discover, connect and celebrate the Hispanic culture, as well as commemorate the amazing work that is being done everyday by Girl Scouts throughout the San Jacinto Council area.

In addition, Girl Scouts of the USA has partnered with Scholastic's hit cartoon series, Maya & Miguel, to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Lively and colorful, the Maya & Miguel series airs on PBS and chronicles the adventures, and sometimes misadventures, of 10 year-old siblings Maya and Miguel Santos and features their family, relatives and a richly diverse neighborhood of friends.

With thousands of Girl Scout viewers cheering her on, Maya will be officially inducted into Girl Scouting as a Junior Girl Scout in late September during her PBS television show. The celebration continues at the Latino Book and Family Festival at the George R. Brown Convention Center on September 29 and 30 where GSSJC will co-host a booth with KUHT – and with Maya and Miguel.

GSSJC will continue its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with Maya and Miguel at Junta Hispana at Moody Park, on October 7, where girls will be doing crafts such as making dolls from cornhusks.

The San Jacinto Council is also proud to take part in Girl Scouts of the USA’s newest collaboration with DOVE known as uniquely ME! featuring workshops for girls ages 14-17, now available as a downloadable Spanish version at www.girlscouts.org. Part activity book, part inspirational journal, Mirror, Mirror helps girls think critically about their concepts of beauty, embrace their individual styles and sense of self, and define beauty on their own terms. There will be a one-day workshop on March 9 and more details will soon be released.

In addition to these specific Hispanic Heritage Month celebratory events, GSSJC offers many programs, resources and opportunities for adults and girls to grow in Girl Scouting. Through the ScoutReach program, GSSJC introduces the benefits of Girl Scouting to interested girls in the Spring Branch, Cy-Fair, Pasadena and Houston Independent School Districts. An important part of ScoutReach is empowering Latina women to serve as mentors and leaders for girls in troops.

Another mentoring program is called Latinas Taking the Lead (LTL). In this program, two groups of Girl Scouts in grades 4-6 participated in a leadership development program. LTL is a partnership between Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council and Sam Houston State University that is helping these Junior Girl Scouts to explore an understanding of self, an understanding of others and an examination of their values in order to grow their leadership potential. The seven-session course is also a research study that used pre and post testing to measure the benefits of the leadership training to the self-esteem and leadership behaviors of Hispanic girls.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving over 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

GSSJC 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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