DeKalb County Community Foundation has provided a $1,200 grant to support Project Opportunity, a Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois AmeriCorps program providing underserved girls with the opportunity to experience everything Girl Scouts has to offer.
The grant funding will help support two Girl Scout programs at University Village and Gideon Court Apartments.
“We are able to offer membership and programming to 50 DeKalb area girls who otherwise would not have the chance to join Girl Scouts due to transportation or other economic barriers,” AmeriCorps Program Coordinator Joselyn Taylor said in a news release.
Girls who participate in the outreach program show strong outcomes toward achievement, such as developing a strong sense of self, thorough understanding of financial literacy, and demonstrating effective problem solving skills.
When asked about their participation in Girl Scouts, girls report being excited about making new friends, having the opportunity to learn new things, having fun, and feeling secure in a girl group.
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois offers programs focused on the outdoors, career and interest exploration, travel and the global community, and practical life skills, in addition to community service projects. GSNI serves 16 counties including parts or all of Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, visit www.girlscoutsni.org or call 844-476-4463.