Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ford Motor Company Fund Makes Great Things Possible!

As we are in the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month, we want to thank one of our partners, The Ford Motor Company Fund for their generous donations of $25,000 to specifically fund programming related to the Hispanic Initiative to Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida, the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago & Northwest Indiana and Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council and we look forward to working together in future projects. Each council used the money in unique ways.

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Illinois held Un Lugar Para Las Niñas events at three schools in a struggling area and were able to connect with more than 500 local girls. This diverse program emphasized financial literacy, healthy living, and STEM activities for the girls and their families.

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto succeeded in improving Hispanic participation in Girl Scouting through efforts to recruit and retain Hispanic girls and adults in traditional scouting activities and initiatives including Scoutreach, They were able to serve more than 18,000 Hispanic girls because of this generous grant.

The grant helped Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida design and implement cross cultural family programs that fostered the diverse Hispanic values and cultures, including the important aspects of the father/daughter relationships. One specific program was the Fiesta de Quinceañera.

Fiesta de Quinceañera allowed council to deliver self esteem programming to the migrant community of homestead and Florida City, Florida. 132 girls participated in the weekly Uniquely Me! Self esteem program, of which 6 girls, ages 14-17, participated in the Quinceañera pathway that taught them etiquette, character building, self acceptance and Quinceañera traditions.
In the last four years we have experienced a 12% growth in our Hispanic membership nationally. Just last year our girl membership increased 6.5%. Let’s keep heading in the same direction.

We know that the Hispanic Community and Girl Scouts share common values and aspirations and we strive to offer girls of all ages and backgrounds a safe place to explore the world and discover their own potential. In a fun and stimulating environment, and with the guidance of adults, girls develop values, abilities, and leadership skills that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. We are grateful to partners like the Ford Motor Company for investing in girls’ leadership potential.

Girl Scouts has made all programs, training, and communication materials available in Spanish so that the Hispanic mom can participate in whichever language she feels more comfortable in. To learn more visit www.girlscouts.org/espanol