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Girl Scouts receives $10,100 from Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation

Grant to help organization serve at-risk girls in Fort Bend area schools

HOUSTON, Texas (February 14, 2013) – The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout Councils in the U.S., received a $10,100 check from The Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation. The grant will go to fund GSSJC’s Girl Scouts on the Go (GSOTG) programs that serve at-risk girls from undeserved and low-to-moderate income neighborhoods in the Fort Bend area.

“We are grateful to The Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation for their contribution to Girl Scouting in the Fort Bend area,” 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.”

Beyond the traditional volunteer-led troop setting, Girl Scouts participate in a variety of programming to meet their specific needs and interests. Girl Scouts’ goal is to reach more girls—especially in underserved neighborhoods. GSSJC achieves this goal through GSOTG to reach at-risk girls who would like to be Girl Scouts, but lack parental involvement and local volunteer resources.

Because Girl Scouting encompasses a wide array of topics with pre-developed activities and curricula, GSSJC is able to tailor GSOTG to meet the interests and needs of girls. Younger girls earn badges and explore topics like the arts, health and fitness, leadership, multiculturalism, online safety, and self-esteem. Teenage Girl Scouts learn about contemporary issues that have a direct impact on their lives like conflict resolution, dating violence, financial literacy, and peer pressure.

GSOTG is delivered free-of-charge to girls, their families, and the school. GSSJC will reach approximately 1,000 Fort Bend at-risk girls through GSOTG who want to be Girl Scouts but lack the financial resources and parental involvement to do so.

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 the second largest Girl Scout council in the country serving more than 70,000 girls and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.

Editor’s Note:

Photo Caption [FredandMabel]: James McClellan, president of the Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation, presents Diane Pavey, director of major gifts at Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), with a $10,100 grant to support Girl Scouting in the School Day (GSOTG) in the Fort Bend. GSOTG is offered free-of-charge to girls during and after school for 27 weeks each year. With GSOTG, GSSJC hopes to reach approximately 1,000 girls who want to be Girl Scouts but lack the financial resources and parental involvement to do so.

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