Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines has received a $15,000 Game Changer grant from the Carolina Hurricanes’ Kids N Community Foundation in support of its Community Outreach Program. This funding will be used to deliver healthy living programs to under-resourced girls at Girl Scouts community outreach sites in Wake and Durham Counties.
“We are excited to partner with the Carolina Hurricanes as we work to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer. “Their support will help equip girls with tools and skills that prepare them for a positive, healthy and independent future."
The Community Outreach Program provides school-aged girls in underserved areas of the county where participation in youth development programs like Girl Scouting is hindered by financial hardship, lack of transportation, lack of volunteer leadership, and language barriers. Topics explored within the program focus on prominent issues facing girls today and include self-esteem, bullying, healthy living, career exploration and financial literacy.
“The Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation is excited about our latest partnership with the Girl Scouts as it addresses key issues, like obesity and bullying, all while teaching important leadership and friendship skills. It’s an easy partnership decision when you have an excellent organization like the Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines offering a pivotal program inclusive of girls from all backgrounds in our region,” shared Doug Warf, VP of Marketing – Carolina Hurricanes & Executive Director – Kids ‘N Community Foundation.
Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines currently partners with other youth-serving organizations – schools, recreational centers, youth groups, and Boys and Girls Clubs – to offer leadership development programs where girls naturally gather in their community. In a safe and accepting environment, Girl Scouting helps girls: learn to discover themselves, their strengths and values; connect with others in meaningful ways; and take action in their communities to make the world a better place. All activities are hands-on, girl-led, and involve cooperative learning amongst the girls.
Last program year, the Community Outreach Program served nearly 2,000 girls in Wake and Durham Counties and over 9,300 girls throughout its 41 county territory in central and eastern North Carolina.