Friday, September 24, 2010

Girl Scouts 'Beyond Bars' Program Garners Generous Grant

In Oklahoma, The Tulsa World reports that The U.S. Justice Department has awarded the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma a $300,000 mentoring grant to support its Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program. The George Kaiser Family Foundation has pledged $100,000 for matching support - bringing the total received by Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma to $400,000.

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars has several programs for nonviolent offenders, including partnerships to help incarcerated women get training so they can find employment after they are released. The grant and matching funds will allow the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma to expand services, including the agency's one-on-one mentorship program with the incarcerated mothers.

Do you have any personal stories relating to Girl Scouts Beyond Bars?