2018 Grant Recipients

4th Year Grant – $15,000

Agency Background:   Established in 1935.  Mission is to develop girls of Courage, Confidence and Character who make the world a better place.  Girl Scouts is a leadership experience for girls in the world backed by over 100 years of experience.  At Girl Scouts, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Lifeskills, Outdoor Skills and Entrepreneurship are combined with civic engagement to deliver crucial, life-changing, girl programming.

Focus of 2018 Grant: Girl Scouts addresses the pressing issue of the rapid increase in female incarceration rates.  Adelante Jovencitas (AJ) serves girls at the pima County Juvenile Detention Center.  Once they are released they must attend regular community meetings which are also for girls who are facing incarceration without intervention and are court ordered to attend.  GSSoAZ’s Foster Care program serves girls weekly who live at Amparo, Diamondback and Madalyn

Group homes and Merilac Lodge, which is for teen mothers and infants.  They are also expanding the program to serve girls who are being raised by persons other than their parents through the Kinship and Adoption Resource and Education family Center.

Measureable Results: GSSoAZ measures outcomes through pre-and post-program surveys using a five point Likert scale.  Each subscale in the survey is made up of 3 items and the items are averaged to create an overall scale score that measures program efficacy.  Girls will also have the ability to write what they have learned during the course of program participation

Contact: Debbie Rich, Chief Executive Officer, drich@girlscoutssoaz.org