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Girl Scout Council receives $25,000 from Wal-Mart Foundation

Grant will bring Girl Scouting in the School Day to underserved communities of Houston


HOUSTON, Texas (October 28, 2013) – The 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 Wal-Mart Foundation. The grant will help GSSJC empower more than 20,000 girls in underserved communities located in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Orange and Wharton counties with community outreach initiatives, like Girl Scouting in the School Day.

"We are grateful to the Wal-Mart Foundation for their continuous 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."

GSSJC delivers community outreach programs in neighborhoods with limited financial and volunteer resources to girls who want to be Girl Scouts but don’t have the chance to participate. The programs, that include both traditional scouting values and contemporary needs-based programming, are delivered during and after school. Girls learn to identify their strengths and skills and how to build confidence from positive role models who serve as council volunteers. In addition to learning teamwork, honesty and respect for others, girls will also learn how to respond to pressures that can negatively affect their self-image.

As part of the grant, GSSJC will work with school administrators and teachers to determine which educational curriculum best meets girls' needs and addresses the obstacles girls have as they try to succeed academically.

To learn more about GSSJC’s community outreach programs, visit

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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 62,000 girls and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.

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