Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. Gets Yawkey Foundation Grant
April 8, 2011 Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts announced that it has been awarded a $25,000 grant by The Yawkey Foundations to support a program that aims to encourage math proficiency and leadership skills in girls.
Called the FaB Factor, the program seeks to encourage and empower girls to graduate high school and pursue academic or professional careers, develop a strong sense of self and the ability to make better decisions and positive choices, and empower girls to become positive contributors to their community.
"Girl Scouts is committed to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place," said Ruth N. Bramson, CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
. "With the generous support of the Yawkey Foundation, we will be able to bring the high quality Girl Scout leadership experience to girls in communities where girls have not historically had the opportunity to experience Girl Scouts and help them to set their pathways to success."
Girl Scouts partners with community agencies in targeted cities with the top highest teen pregnancy rates in the state, where juvenile assaults by girls are more likely to take place, high school drop out rates are worse than the state average, and the population of low-income students is higher than the state average.
FaB Factor is based on the concept that a targeted curriculum, consistent access to caring adults, and implementation of the Girl Scout leadership model can make a difference in the lives of young girls.
It focuses on financial literacy, leadership development, health and wellness, as well as environment, science, technology, ecology, engineering, and math utilizing the teaching techniques of learning by doing, cooperative learning, and girl-leadership.
Yawkey Foundation is a philanthropy committed to the forgotten and underserved. Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts serves more than 41,000 girls ages 5-17 and 17,000 adult volunteers in 178 communities across eastern Massachusetts with the mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.