New ways to experience Girl Scouts will help girls across OC prepare for a lifetime of leadership
IRVINE, Calif. – Girl Scouts of Orange County announced today it has launched an All Girl Initiative to expand the ways Orange County girls can participate in Girl Scouts, so every girl from every social, cultural, economic and developmental sphere can experience the life-changing benefits Girl Scouts provides.
Currently, Girl Scouts of Orange County serves nearly 20,000 girls and 13,000 adult volunteers and members from every zip code in OC. The council intends to reach an additional 1,500 girls in 2020, who might not have access to Girl Scouts through the traditional volunteer-led troop model, through its All Girl Initiative. In addition to reaching more girls, Girl Scouts of Orange County will provide Girl Scout volunteers across OC with new resources that help them engage girls from different social, emotional and/or physical status in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
“As our world grows more complicated, we need ALL GIRLS to unleash their untapped potential and become the leaders our businesses, communities, and world need,” shared Vikki Shepp, Girl Scouts of Orange County CEO. “At Girl Scouts, we create an environment where girls explore freely, expand their perspectives, and pursue innovation and solutions where others see challenges. We are on a mission to help all girls from every social, emotional and physical sector develop the confidence and skills that Girl Scouts instills to step forward, defy norms, achieve their dreams, and make the world a better place.”
While the traditional volunteer-led troop model remains the primary way that girls across Orange County experience Girl Scouts, the local council now offers girls more ways than ever to participate in Girl Scouts, including Girl Scouts at after school programs, through parks and recreation centers, housing centers, and more. Girl Scouts of Orange County is currently delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to hundreds of new girls enrolled in Santa Ana Unified School District’s Engage 360° program, Anaheim Achieves afterschool program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire, after school programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove, Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, and Jamboree Housing Corporation’s after school programs.
"We are excited to partner with Girl Scouts of Orange County and introduce its dynamic leadership experiences as an incredible layered resource for girls in our one-to-one mentoring program," said Sloane Keane, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire. "The combined benefits of leadership development and our professionally supported mentorship will allow girls to build critical life skills that set them up for future success. Through this shared commitment to helping girls realize their full potential, we will truly move the needle for our community."
For more information about the new ways girls across Orange County can access Girl Scouts, contact Liliana Real, Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Director, Community Programs, at lreal@girlscoutsOC.org.
About Girl Scouts of Orange County
We are the Girl Scouts of Orange County. We are 33,000 strong-- nearly 20,000 girls and 13,000 adults who believe that every girl can change the world. Girl Scouts began over 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every girl. Today, we continue her vision of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place, by helping them discover their inner strength, passions, and talents. With programs in every zip code in Orange County, there are opportunities for every girl to do something amazing. We are the Girl Scouts. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit girlscoutsoc.org.