Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout Councils in the U.S., received a $25,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Funds will help GSSJC provide the Girl Scout experience to more than 6,400 G.I.R.L.s (Go-Getter, Innovators, Risk-Takers, Leaders)™ living in underserved areas of Houston with community outreach programs, like Girl Scouting in the School Day (GSISD).
“The support we receive from corporations like Bank of American enables us to provide more opportunities for girls to discover who they are, identify their passions and connect with others to address issues that impact their community,” said GSSJC CEO Mary Vitek. “No matter their background or stage in life, Bank of American believes all girls should have the chance to succeed.”
GSISD, is a four to six-week program that runs through the school year. It is offered free-of-charge to girls, their families and the schools they attend and helps address obstacles faced by girls as they strive to achieve academically, emotionally and socially. GSSJC employs staff who work with girls in their own neighborhoods.
“Every girl, regardless of where she is from or what her dream is, should have access to opportunity,” said Hong Ogle, Houston President for Bank of America. “That is why we are making critical investments with community nonprofits like Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council to help level the playing field for underserved communities and create pathways to future economic mobility.”
According to a poll conducted by the Girl Scout Leadership Institute, a vast majority of Americans believe investing in girls’ education is the key to our country’s advancement. They believe in supporting girls’ leadership development by exposing them to and training them in financial literacy, STEM, and business.
During the 2017-2018 school year, GSSJC is collaborating with approximately 20 school campuses in Houston and Pasadena school districts in the Greater Houston Area to deliver GSISD including.
Girl Scouts provides girls with more ways to learn and lead than any other organization in the world. Girls participate in a variety of programming specific to their needs and interests, like coding, robotics, equitation, sailing, civic engagement, conservation, travel and healthy living.