What do 2/3 of the women in Congress, a Supreme Court Justice, and almost every female astronaut have in common? They were all Girl Scouts. With over a century of experience in building girls of courage, confidence, and character, Girl Scouts continues to be the preeminent leadership development program for all girls in grades kindergarten through twelve. And that’s why Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines wants to ensure every girl reaches her fullest potential by providing girls in underserved and low-income areas with 52 weeks of fully paid Girl Scout programming that they otherwise wouldn’t have access to.
Through funding from 108 individuals who gave to the auction fundraiser at the Starlight Soiree, the council’s 100th anniversary event, Girl Scout programming has been made possible for girls living in Southeast Raleigh. At the event, attendees were asked to help raise $30,000 to start a new community outreach troop for 60 girls and exceeded the request.
Thanks to these investors, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines will provide young woman with the skills that will enable them to effect change—in themselves, the community, and the world at large. When girls participate in Girl Scouts they develop fundamental life and leaderships skills that are crucial to a girl’s overall success and have a better opportunity to make a different in their community and therefore change their own circumstance.
With the investors subsidizing the full cost to participate, 70 girls will be provided uniforms, transportation, and get to discover their strengths, passions, and talents all while building courage, confidence, and character. Girls will participate in a range of activities including the Cookie Program, World Thinking Day, community service, travel, and even camping! Girl Scouts also contributes to girls’ academic success by helping young girls develop important leadership skills, such as resourceful problem solving and challenge seeking.
More than 80% of girls in our community outreach programs reported achieving a strong sense of self and having confidence in themselves and their abilities. Almost 70% reported possessing positive values including acting ethically, honestly, and responsibly, and showing concern for others
The community outreach program in Southeast Raleigh is expected to launch this February and is still accepting applications to join Girl Scouts troop. To find out how you can sign up your girl, contact Shawna Peaks at 919-600-6328. Interested in investing in our future leaders by supporting similar programs? Contact Emily Hill, fund development director at 919-600-6347.