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Girl Scouts receives $20,000 from MetLife Foundation

Grant to help organization increase awareness in Hispanic communities


HOUSTON, Texas (May 21, 2013) –The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout Councils in the U.S., received a $20,000 grant from the MetLife Foundation. The grant will help GSSJC develop robust and sustainable girl recruitment strategies that will help increase positive awareness of Girl Scouting in Hispanic communities.

"We are grateful to the MetLife Foundation for their support,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO. “The organization’s generous assistance makes it possible for us to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place through programs that provide value-based leadership development and personal growth."

As part of the grant, GSSJC will focus on increasing girl and adult membership in targeted Hispanic communities located in Houston’s East End, Pasadena, Gulfton and Cy-Fair neighborhoods with programs like Be a Friend First (BFF), an anti-bullying program that helps girls address sensitive issues like peer pressure, stereotyping, gossip, and cliques. GSSJC will also develop a new camp series to help middle school-aged girls take action on service projects that will make a lasting impact on their local communities. The entire program will be called the MetLife Foundation Hispanic Middle School Series.

In the spring, GSSJC rolled out a new staff and volunteer structure that included a new Emerging Markets department focused on building a Girl Scout presence in Southeast Texas' Hispanic communities. The reorganization was part of the council’s strategy to raise more awareness about the benefits of Girl Scouting and serve more girls with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. The MetLife Foundation Hispanic Middle School Series will be the first major project the department delivers.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.2 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 66,000 girls and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.

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