Thursday, March 7, 2013

ITVS Documentaries to Help Girls Behind Bars

BEYOND the BOX reports that in 2012, ITVS’s Community Classroom partnered with the Girls Scouts of the USA to create the curriculum “This is a Story You Have to Tell: Women, Girls, and the Criminal Justice System.” The collection features modules from three ITVS films: Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story, Troop 1500, and Girls on the Wall. The Girl Scouts have since adapted the resource to be used as curriculum for their national programs Girl Scouts Beyond Bars and Girl Scouting in Detention Centers, reaching nearly 17,000 women and girls around the country. Here is a video portraying the project. 

Follow the link to read a column by Shalon Maral, the Got Choices Outreach Manager.
"I started out with Girl Scouts 22 years ago as a volunteer and I now have the most incredible job!", writes Maral. "For the last 10 years, working for Girl Scouts as an Outreach Program Manager has opened my heart. Our program, Got Choices, is a nationwide Girl Scouts in Detention Center Program. It is very strong in Northern California and continues to grow. We serve at least 660 girls a year in our council, in 18 sites in five counties."