Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi
United Way Education Partner
Who Are They?
Girl Scouts is about building strong leaders, and Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi (GSGMS) is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls in grades K-12 in Mississippi. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, GSGMS helps girls to become strong, confident young women. Girl Scouts helps girls discover a strong sense of self, connect with others in a changing world, and take action to help make the world a better place. Through GSGMS’ Leadership Journeys, outdoor adventure and camping opportunities, science and technology programs, health and fitness initiatives and environmental awareness activities girls develop qualities and skills that will serve them throughout their lives.
What Does United Way's Funding Do?
United Way dollars help to fund the Girl Scouts In School program in Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties. This program takes Girl Scouting directly to the girls as a part of their regular school day, teaching them decision-making and leadership skills. The Girl Scouts In School program gives girls, who may otherwise never have the opportunity to be Girl Scouts, a chance to participate in Girl Scout activities, opportunities, events and adventures.
The Impact of Your United Way Investment
Through Scouting, girls develop a strong sense of self by increased self esteem, self awareness and motivation. They also gain practical life skills, are better able to solve problems, take on leadership roles and learn to make healthy choices.
There are many ways for volunteers to get involved in Girl Scouts. Volunteers can participate in Girl Scouting based on their availability; the time commitment is totally up to the volunteer. Opportunities include: partnering directly with girls as a troop leader throughout a membership year; participating for only a few weeks or months teaching a special skill or sharing a special interest with girls in a group setting; helping to deliver the Girl Scout program at local schools or after school programs; working with girls at summer camp; or working with other adults in a variety of roles. A background check is required to serve as a volunteer.