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7/14/11 - Our grants to Girls Scouts NY featured in the WSJ

Since 2008, The Trust has made grants totaling $610,000 for this career exploration program run by the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York. The latest grant is reported in the Wall Street Journal's Donor of the Day column. An excerpt is below:


Creating Scouts, Scholars

By MELANIE GRAYCE WEST for the Wall Street journal

A program in the South Bronx is helping middle-schoolers become Girl Scouts and, in the process, encouraging the girls to dream big about their future careers.

The New York Community Trust recently gave a $125,000 grant to the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York to support a career-exploration program for about 1,100 girls that attend five low-performing schools in the Bronx. It was the fourth such grant to the Council.

"If we don't deal with the difficulties that many poor girls face, today's poor girls will be tomorrow's poor adults as well as mothers of the next generation of poor children," says Pat White, program officer for children, youth and families at the New York Community Trust.

To that end, Ms. White says the trust is making grants in low-income neighborhoods to projects that will put girls and women, 24 and younger, on the path to economic independence and help them at important points in their education and when career choices are being shaped or pursued.

Unlike traditional Girl Scout troops that meet outside school hours and with volunteer leaders, the girls in the South Bronx program meet as part of their middle-school curriculum and their leaders are all professionals employed by the Girl Scout Council.

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