Girl Scout Outreach - Making an Impact
Girl Scout Outreach has served over 100,000 girls since 1980
Girl Scout Outreach Goals
- Girls become leaders at home and in their communities
- Girls solve problems with assertiveness and imagination
- Girls increase their self-esteem and confidence
- Girls become effective members of a civil society
School teachers talk about Girl Scout Outreach:
"Girls have increased motivation towards learning and increased confidence."
"Girl Scouts complements the curriculum, gives the girls an opportunity to talk about things they are interested in and to work cooperatively with others."
Recently, a Girls Rehabilitation Facility coach noticed that several girls became upset when facility staff withdrew them from an Outreach session. When she asked them why, one responded, "Because no one is judging me there and I get to be a kid again."
Girls talk about Outreach
Ludivina, Woodrow Wilson Academy of International Studies:
"I learned a lot when we played the (computer) game. I had fun. I learned to talk to more people. Thanks for everything."
Rosa Parks Elementary School 4th Grader, when asked what she had learned from a "negative images in the media" program:
"It doesn't matter what other people say about you, you are who you are and that's good enough."
When asked about one thing they discovered about themselves, elementary students responded:
"I never thought that I was so artistic. I just didn't know it yet."
"I made more friends in Girl Scouts. Sharing is fun."
"Trying hard enough, you can do anything."
"That I should save money."
"I am funny and smart."
"To respect myself and my body."
"That you should not be selfish. It is not all about you."
From Participant to Program Leader
Regina Guevara (Gina)
Gina Guevara first participated in the Outreach Program as a 4th grader at Horton Elementary. She was initially shy and insecure, but she began feeling safe and uninhibited during Outreach time. She quickly became outspoken, full of confidence and even began to lead group activities. As a ninth grade volunteer, Gina attended Mountain Adventure, assisting 14 first-time campers. She also volunteered for other program events, empowering young girls with positive messages and developing her program leader mentoring skills. Gina applied for a part-time Program Leader position with Girl Scout Outreach and got the job at 18, fresh out of high school! Now she works alongside her former mentors, providing leadership in an environment where young Hispanic role models are vitally important.