Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S. was awarded $25,000 by Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR). The money is being used to support GSSJC’s Girl Scouting in the School Day (GSISD) program in central Houston.
“We believe Girl Scouts is for all girls despite their socioeconomic background,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO. “Our Girl Scouting in the School Day program connects girls with positive adult role models and mentoring and teaches them skills, like how to resist negative peer pressure, drug and alcohol prevention and online safety. These are skills that they will use throughout their lives and pass on to family and friends.”
Through GSISD, GSSJC places a paid staff person at an underserved public campus to deliver contemporary programming to at-risk girls who would not be able to participate in Girl Scouting otherwise.
GSISD is being delivered in four to six sessions on approximately 30 school campuses in three school districts: Channelview, Houston, and Pasadena ISDs as part of GSSJC’s outreach to more than 21,500 at-risk girls throughout the region.
During the 2015-2016 school year, GSISD is teaching girls social and life skills to increase their person and academic success through collaborations with schools and administrators to design curriculum to address issues posing the greatest barriers to girls’ success. This year through Girl Scouting in the School Day, girls learned valuable social and life skills to increase their personal and academic success.
GSSJC is serving approximately 6,500 girls through GSISD.
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 2.8 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 61,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.