Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Continues to Enhance Lives

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains Troop 10065 was featured in a story in the New Hampshire News (NHN) for their participation in Beyond Bars titled Girl Scouts Meet Behind Bars. Interviewing girls from the troop and their mothers, the story focuses on the positive impact that the program has on participants, as they grow closer -- even with the obstacle of incarceration. Girl scouts Alivia and Jade, 12 and 9 respectively, talked to the NHN about their improved relationships. Nicole Mullen, a member of the Green and White Mountain Council, emphasizes the value of peer understanding among the girls through their shared experiences having incarcerated mothers. The article highlights how program activities help the girls and their parents form stronger connections. "The best part so far is being with my mom.  Hanging with my mom. That's my favorite part." says Jade, whose won’t see her mother, possibly for another 35 years. For these girls, it’s as simple as that.

Girl Scouts’ Beyond the Bars program aims to strengthen the bond between mothers and daughters who cannot see each other under normal circumstances, or who require more emotional support than normal prison visitations can provide, with great results for both the adults and the children involved. For more information look here.