Greenwich Girl Scouts receive grant

A $20,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation will allow Girl Scouts of Connecticut to serve 1,200 girls ages seven to 10 in Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk and Bridgeport.

Accoring to the Girl Scouts, global research has found that more than 60% of girls avoid activities they love because they feel bad about their looks. Recently, Girl Scouts of the USA has partnered with Dove to launch Free Being Me, a global leadership initiative that helps girls become more body confident, follow their dreams and build their self-esteem.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut was one of 10 councils selected to pilot this program, and thanks to the Fairfield County Community Foundation grant, this program will be implemented this summer. The grant funds will be used to reach underserved girls through staff-led programs in a variety of community locations, building girls’ confidence and ensuring that concerns about their looks won’t interfere with their ability to become successful adults.

 “The Free Being Me curriculum produces tangible results,” Mary Barneby, Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO, said. “One study has found that up to three years later, 78% of girls feel more confident and capable at school. We are grateful for the Fairfield County Community Foundation’s support of this important programming, as we can continue to build a generation of girls that will be more confident and capable.”

The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. It is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards for community foundations.

The foundation has awarded more than $168 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond.

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