A recent $5.4 million grant to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) is one of the largest from the Community Youth Development (CYD) among 16 local community program recipients in the state. The organization plans to launch the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in nine schools in Dallas ISD.
GSNETX will invest the multi-year grant over five years into the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Community Partner Program. The program, which serves students in five Dallas-area ZIP codes (75210, 75215, 75216, 75217, and 75241), has a priority focus on mentoring, youth leadership development, and post-high school readiness.
The Leadership Experience will leverage established in-school and after-school programs, GSNETX says.
As a girl-centered and girl-focused organization, GSNETX has partnered with Dallas Prestige Group as a sub-awardee partner to facilitate a youth development program for boys in the same ZIP codes.
Northeast Texas Girl Scout CEO Jennifer Bartkowski calls the gift “transformational.” The GSNETX will expand programming for girls as part of a strategic initiative to “ensure every girl has the opportunity to build the courage, confidence, and character she needs to thrive today and into her future,” she said in a statement.
Research shows that Girl Scouts stand out significantly from non-Girl Scouts, the organization says. With “more well-rounded lifestyles and a stronger propensity for success compared to non-Girl Scouts,” they are more likely to exhibit strong leadership outcomes and feel hopeful about their future, among other positive benefits like earning “excellent” grades and aspiring to STEM, law, and business careers.
CYD programs foster positive youth development and support healthy families with a goal to create resilient, thriving communities. Communities use mentoring, youth employment programs, career prep, and alternative recreational activities to prevent delinquency.
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