Girl Scout Outreach and Financial Aid
Our council's Girl Scout Outreach Programs and Financial Aid support the Girl Scouts’ mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Our aim is to extend the benefits of Girl Scouting to girls who may not have access to leadershp programs like Girl Scouts under normal circumstances. About 20,000 at-risk girls in 90 schools and community centers are served through our outreach program. We provide nearly $1 million in annual financial aid.
Girl Scout Outreach
Girl Scout Outreach programs help fill the gap in youth development programs in underserved areas. Our programs help girls develop leadership skills and prepare them to overcome educational obstacles. Along with building courage, confidence, and character, we help them deal with challenges such as peer pressure.
Underserved communities often lack volunteer support, transport, and financial resources, making it difficult to develop traditional Girl Scout troops. We created our community outreach model so that we could be true to our pluralistic commitment and to our belief that Girl Scouting is for all girls.
In this model, GSSJC staff members deliver Girl Scout programming to girls in their schools and other community centers. In recent years, GSSJC has changed programs to address new social issues, built partnerships, and developed new ideas, based on feedback from girls, school officials, and staff members. A third of our members are involved in community outreach for girls.