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Local Girl Scout Council Receives $200,000 Grant from Bank of America

Money to be used to strengthen Girl Scout outreach in Hispanic community

HOUSTON, Texas (November 22, 2010) – Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) has been named a Neighborhood Builder® by the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative®, the signature philanthropy program of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The award included a $200,000 unrestricted grant, which will support and expand GSSJC’s efforts to provide services to Hispanic girls, which currently accounts for 30 percent of GSSJC’s membership. Only two outstanding non-profit organizations in 45 markets receive the prestigious award each year.

“Girl Scouts has always been committed to reflecting the racial and ethnic diversity of our country and to providing opportunities for all girls to maximize their potential and achieve their goals,” said Mary Vitek, chief executive officer for GSSJC. “Investing in girls produces the greatest return in economic development, social progress and public health, so I am very grateful that Bank of America has decided to invest in the leadership development of our Girl Scouts as we work to expand our capacity in this market.”

According to the Texas Education Agency, Hispanic girls represent 41 percent of girls in kindergarten through seniors in high school that are within GSSJC’s jurisdiction, and significant growth is expected in the years to come. By engaging more Hispanics in Girl Scouting, GSSJC hopes to address the critical needs in the Hispanic community and help to develop future female Hispanic leaders.

GSSJC will receive funding from the grant over a two year period, $100,000 each year. During this time, GSSJC hopes to expand its targeted marketing campaigns in the Hispanic communities, increase participation in Hispanic events and provide financial aid to Hispanic girls. In addition, GSSJC will sustain new initiatives, develop new curricula, provide customer service and support for online systems, and provide funding for start-up program supplies for new Hispanic troops.

As a Neighborhood Builder, GSSJC will also benefit from a specially designed leadership development program, Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Leadership Program®. GSSJC’s CEO and an emerging leader from the organization will gather with other award recipients to receive training on such topics as strategic thinking, business leadership development and succession planning, forging alliances, long-term business growth and building communities.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and 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 more than 76,000 girls served and nearly 18,000 adult members in 26 southeast Texas counties.

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