DeKalb County Community Foundation has provided a $1,200 grant to support Project Opportunity, a Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois AmeriCorps program providing underserved girls with the opportunity to experience everything Girl Scouts has to offer.
The grant funding will help support two Girl Scout programs at University Village and Gideon Court Apartments. “We are able to offer membership and programming to fifty DeKalb area girls who otherwise would not have the chance to join Girl Scouts due to transportation or other economic barriers,” says AmeriCorps Program Coordinator Joselyn Taylor.
Girls who participate in the outreach program show strong outcomes towards achievement, such as developing a strong sense of self, thorough understanding of financial literacy, and demonstrating effective problem solving skills. When asked about their participation in Girl Scouts, girls report being excited about making new friends, having the opportunity to learn new things, having fun, and feeling secure in a girl group. One Girl Scout said, “In Girl Scouts, I feel like I can be myself!” GSNI is enthusiastic to expand outreach through Project Opportunity.
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