Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council has received a grant totaling $125,000 from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.
GSACPC plans to address barriers and increase girls’ access to programs, according to a press release, so they may benefit from leadership opportunities in the outdoors that will help build confidence, laying the foundation for a meaningful and successful future.
The grant will be funded over two years; $75,000 over the Councils 2022 fiscal year and $50,000 for the 2023 fiscal year, the release said of the project, which aims to expand access to outdoor experiences for girls through Girl Scouting.
The goal is to serve more than 10,000 K-12 girls in Maricopa County during the first year and 12,000 in the second year.
In addition to increasing outdoor engagement for current members, new girls will be welcomed to the program, particularly in areas where resources are limited and where there may be a lack of awareness about Girl Scouting.
“Our council is serving over 11,000 girls in central and northern Arizona and creating outdoor programing that helps bolster girl’s confidence,” Vianca Pallanes, Council spokesperson said in the release.
“This grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust will give us additional resources to expand access to outdoor experiences for girls through Girl Scouting programs like mountain biking, family camping trips, hosting more volunteer-led outdoor programs, and will help provide financial assistance to girls and adults who might not otherwise be able to participate.”
As the state of the pandemic improves, GSACPC is increasing in-person programming at its four camp properties in Phoenix and in northern Arizona.
“Technology and structured activities leave less time for girls to get outside and connect with the outdoors. However, girls who attend Girl Scout Camp or participate in an outdoor program benefit from a shared-learning experience and an all-girl safe space that offers plenty of opportunities to create their own outdoor adventures” Pallanes said.
Since the Trust began its grant making in 1998, it has awarded over $353 million to 1,006 organizations in its home states of Arizona and Indiana.
For more information about the Trust and its programs: ninapulliamtrust.org.
Learn about Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council: girlscoutsaz.org
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