Arizona's Ahwatukee Foothill News reports that The Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council has been awarded a major grant for its Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program that benefits girls with mothers who are incarcerated. The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Foundation awarded a $114,000 grant to the Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council that will last two years and will allow the Cactus-Pine Council to increase the number of mentors for the program from 17 to 75 and double the number of girls served in the program from 75 to 150 by 2014.
Established in 1992 in partnership with the National Institute of Justice, Girl Scouts Beyond Bars works with girls whose mothers are incarcerated with the goal of breaking the intergenerational cycle of incarceration and poverty and has a holistic approach of strengthening the mother-daughter bond while building girls’ inner leadership abilities. Girl Scouts Beyond Bars aims to lessen the impact of parental separation due to incarceration, to foster the personal and social development of girls and their mothers, and to provide girls with the opportunity to participate with their parents in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
Parents and their daughters take an active leadership role in the planning and implementation of Girl Scout program activities and also participate in facilitated discussions about family life, conflict resolution, and the prevention of violence and drug abuse. After release, parents and daughters can continue to participate in troop meetings in their communities, making Girl Scouting a consistent presence in their lives.
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