Girl Scouts Beyond Bars
Girl Scouts Louisiana East joined 30 other councils nationwide in offering the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program, when it began operating the program at the Orleans Parish Prison in October 2013. It is the generosity of supporters like Entergy, that the Girl Scouts are to reach girls at risk.
Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Program offers stability to mothers and daughters, improving the mother-daughter relationship, helping girls develop healthy behaviors and promoting the development of leadership skills.
In Girl Scouts Beyond Bars:
- The Girl Scout Program builds honesty and makes communications between mom and daughter and better.
- While girls with incarcerated parents may face unique obstacles, in this program they are simply Girl Scouts. They have access to materials, programs, and activities that foster leadership and growth.
- Girls have the opportunity to believe in themselves and make sound and healthy choices for their futures. The primary goal is to empower girls to take charge of their own lives, regardless of circumstances.
- Mother and daughter will have the opportunity to meet together once a month and interact with each other through planned Girl Scout meetings, proving opportunities for the strengthening of relationships and leadership development,
- The program also offers the mother opportunities to attain important life skills while maintaining a relationship with her daughter.
Across the country, 1.7 million children—half of them under the age of 10—have a parent in prison, according to the advocacy group The Sentencing Project. Girls with incarcerated mothers face particular obstacles, but Girl Scouts of the USA believes that lack of access to leadership development programs shouldn’t be among them.