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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Receives $10,000 from the Valero Energy Foundation

Grant to help organization serve at-risk girls in Houston’s East End


HOUSTON, Texas (June 27, 2013) – The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout Councils in the U.S., received a $10,000 grant from the Valero Energy Foundation. The grant will help support GSSJC’s efforts to reach more than 700 at-risk girls with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through in-school and after-school programming in Houston’s East End called Girl Scouting in the School Day (GSISD).

“We are grateful to Valero for their contribution to Girl Scouting in Houston’s East End,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO. “The organization’s generous assistance makes it possible for us to build girls of courage, confidence and character who are prepared to succeed academically, emotionally, and socially.”

Beyond the traditional volunteer-led troop setting, Girl Scouts of the 21st century 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 by providing community outreach programs, like GSISD, 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 these programs 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. For example, East End girls will participate in the Real Beauty curriculum that helps girls build positive self-esteem.

According to the Texas Education Agency, 84 percent of students attending East End schools served by GSSJC are considered "Economically Disadvantaged" or eligible to participate in the federal free and/or reduced-price lunch program. GSSJC’s GSISD programs are delivered free-of-charge to girls, their families and the school and will be held at the following school campuses: Chavez High, Deady Middle, and Milby High Schools.

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 66,000 girls and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.

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