Friday, July 15, 2011

Growing Girl Scouts in the Bronx

The Wall Street Journal reports that The New York Community Trust recently gave a $125,000 grant to the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York to support a career-exploration program for girls that attend low-performing schools in the Bronx. It was the fourth such grant to the Council.

"Unlike traditional Girl Scout troops that meet outside school hours and with volunteer leaders, the girls in the South Bronx program meet as part of their middle-school curriculum and their leaders are all professionals employed by the Girl Scout Council," reports Melanie Grayce West. "The troops still have all the traditional Girl Scout activities, from camp to cookies, and the focus remains on self-empowerment and leadership. But the curriculum covered during class time is enhanced to focus on subjects like bullying, family, money management, employment and career exploration. For example, sixth- graders learn about careers in finance, medicine and marketing and seventh-graders learn about law, environmental science and entertainment."