Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is the proud recipient of two awards from the prestigious Association of Educational Publishers (AEP). Established in 1895, AEP instituted its award programs approximately three decades ago to recognize significant and excellent achievement in supplemental educational products and education marketing.
GSUSA received honors for two educational programs aimed at helping girls develop more confidence in dealing with the situations they will face in life. The programs honored were:
BFF (Be a Friend First), a national bully-prevention initiative for middle school girls. Based on GSUSA's popular aMAZE! leadership curriculum, the program helps girls to recognize and intervene in bullying situations and lead positive change in their schools and communities. BFF won The Distinguished Achievement Award in the category of "Life Skills and Character Education”.
Financial EmpowermentK-12 Program, which creates financially empowered leaders, won the Beacon Award for "Excellence in Education Marketing". Through Financial Empowerment, girls build skills as they progress through the K−12 curriculum to become knowledgeable, confident, and self-reliant participants in a global economy. Whether a girl is working to earn the Financing My Future badge or the Money Manager badge, she is developing financial savvy, business skills, and innovative thinking.