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Girl Scouts receives more than $30,000 from the Valero Energy Foundation

Grant to help organization serve at-risk girls in Port Arthur, Texas City and Houston’s East End


HOUSTON (January x, 2014) – The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., received more than $30,000 from the Valero Energy Foundation. The grant will help support GSSJC’s efforts to reach more than 2,000 girls with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through in-school and after-school programming in Houston’s East End, Port Arthur and Texas City communities called Girl Scouting in the School Day (GSISD).

“More than 30 percent of the Council’s membership consists of at-risk girls living in underserved areas throughout Southeast Texas, so we are appreciative of the continuous support we receive from corporations like Valero,” 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.”

The $33,000 donation came from two Valero refineries that elected their contributions be donated to Girl Scouts – $15,000 from the location in Port Arthur and $18,000 from the location in Texas City.

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, Texas City girls will participate in the It’s Your Planet – Love It! educational curriculum that teaches them about the importance of conserving our natural environment and the many ways they can protect our resources. At the Daisy (kindergarten and first graders) level, girls receive the It’s Your Planet – Love it! educational curriculum and girls are learning about what it means to buy locally and how this impacts their community and the environment.

GSSJC’s GSISD programs are delivered free-of-charge to girls, their families and the school they attend.

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

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