Throughout the year, Girl Scouts all over our region are engaged in a wide range of community service activities – contributing to their communities as individuals, and as part of a troop. Girl Scouts are encouraged to connect with one another, and to reach out to those in need.
Two very successful community service projects involve all Girl Scouts in our council.
Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England (GSSNE) has approximately 700 troops serving 7,700 girls ages 5 to 18, representing all of RI, 13 towns in surrounding Massachusetts, and one town in Connecticut. About a year ago GSSNE convened a Hispanic Advisory Board, with the goal of reaching out to the Hispanic community to acquaint them with Girl Scout programs and recruit girls and adults. Collectively, GSSNE has an extensive community based network of troops and afterschool programs working through established organizations. There is a need to introduce and engage young girls from underserved communities to leadership development and empowerment opportunities.GSSNE is committed to ensuring that all girls have access to our well-developed resources regardless of their zip code and/or economic situation. Currently the number of GSSNE members is not representative of the RI Latino population. The Hispanic Advisory Board believes that it is due to a lack of awareness, particularly for limited English speaking households.
GSSNE does not plan a distinct chapter, rather an inclusive approach to increase participation in existing troops and programs. The inclusive approach aims to be mindful of the barriers preventing young girls from participating in GSSNE activities and proactively addressing those challenges in collaboration with partners who are committed to transforming communities.
Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England believes that every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout should be a Girl Scout.
In various urban communities in Rhode Island and southeastern MA, girls can become part of after-school troops or take advantage of six-week summer sessions, the costs of which are subsidized by corporate and other private foundations. Last year alone, generous contributions enabled 1,300 girls from urban communities in RI and MA to become Girl Scouts.
You, too, can support our Urban Outreach efforts by making a donation online.