Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines was awarded a $10,000 Challenge Grant as part of GSK’s #GivingTuesday on December 2, 2014. Funding from the GSK IMPACT Award Winners Challenge will allow Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines to bring Girl Scout healthy living programs directly to girls in remote, under-resourced areas of the Triangle region through a new Mobile Program Vehicle Project.
Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines will launch its Mobile Program Vehicle Project in 2015 in order to bring program opportunities to all Girl Scouts. The additional funding from GSK’s Challenge Grant will be used to furnish the vehicle with program materials and deliver programming directly to girls. While the mobile programming project will serve girls in remote areas of the entire Council, the funding from GSK will specifically benefit girls in Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake counties.
Research has shown that girls from under-resourced areas are most at-risk for a host of negative consequences such as poor physical exercise, unhealthy eating habits, and lack of positive role models. The Mobile Program Vehicle Project will help reduce barriers, build girls’ confidence, and is a preventative solution.
Initial programming for the Mobile Program Vehicle Project will focus on five program modules, one of which is healthy living. Some of the healthy living program options include:
- Learning about healthy food choices, managing stress, healthy relationships, and body image through games and interactive presentations in the vehicle
- Preparing healthy snacks
- Using a selection of pedometers, jump ropes, bean-bags, and more for exercise activities outside the vehicle
Girls served through the Mobile Program Vehicle Project will learn to improve their health and well-being, explore their strengths and potential, and gain confidence in their abilities – all crucial elements for a healthy mind and body. Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines is truly excited to partner with GSK in creating healthier girls and healthier communities.