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Girl Scouts of Western Washington 

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Girl Scouts of Western Washington serves more than 25,500 K-12 girls in 17 counties, including nearly 13,000 girls in King County. By participating in girl-led, cooperative, hands-on activities, girls: 
  • Unleash their potential: Girls discover their strengths and interests and what they can offer the world. 
  • Build their future: Girls envision the future they want and set goals to make their dreams a reality.
  • Transform their world: Girls become leaders who stand up for others and take action in their communities.
Mission Statement
Girl Scouts of Western Washington builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Our vision is that every girl, regardless of her race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation or where she lives, is empowered to achieve her potential.
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Girl Scouts of Western Washington
601 Valley Street 
Seattle 
WA
98109 
(800) 767-6845 

Megan Ferland 
Chief Executive Officer 

Programs

Girl Scouts of Western Washington Programs

Girls build skills, values, attitudes and behaviors that support their success in school, in work and in life by participating in Girl Scouts through a number of flexible options:  
  • Troops, where girls learn and grow together over a school-year with the support of adult volunteers;  
  • Camps, which provide overnight and day options in the spring, summer and fall;  
  • Series, Events and Global Travel, where girls have the opportunity to participate in fun and challenging activities that take place on a single day or over a series of weeks. 
For example, in King County, girls can sign up for 95 science workshops, join one of six all-girl robotics teams, participate in our anti-bullying training or become a trained program assistant for one of our 19 summer day camps. 

Girl Scouts is deeply committed to ensuring all girls have access to opportunities, including girls in vulnerable, low-income families. We eliminate barriers by providing financial assistance, removing activity fees and providing transportation. We form troops led by experienced program staff in diverse communities where families live in poverty, students struggle academically and enrichment opportunities are limited. This includes public schools where most students qualify for the free-and-reduced-price meal program as well as public housing sites for low- to very low-income families. In Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, we bring girls together with their incarcerated parent by forming troops that meet monthly in the prisons. 

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Our Successes   
According to our 2013 outcome-based evaluation of girls who participate in Girl Scouts of Western Washington:  
  • Over 85% of girls reported that because of Girl Scouts they can find fair ways to solve problems with others, look for ways to make a difference in their community and feel more confident about being a good leader.  
  • Over 75% of parents reported that Girl Scouts helped their daughter gain confidence, develop social and leadership skills and learn the value of community service.   
In addition, a 2012 Girl Scouts of the USA study of women who participated in Girl Scouts for six or more years showed that 63% consider themselves competent and capable, compared to 55% of non-alumnae, and 48% attained college degrees, compared to 28% of non-alumnae. Girl Scout alumnae also report higher incomes ($51,700) compared to non-alumnae ($42,200). 

Our Current Needs 
As a primarily volunteer-driven organization, one of our greatest needs is for adult volunteers to serve as mentors and guides to girls as they progress through the Girl Scout leadership experience. We offer a variety of flexible ways to get involved to accommodate busy schedules; go to www.GirlScoutsWW.org to find out more. 

In addition, one of our strategic priorities is to increase access to the life-changing experiences that Girl Scouts provides to girls in diverse, low-income communities. We are currently seeking contributions to support this effort.

Evaluation


Girl Scouts of Western Washington (GSWW)uses education programs and environmental stewardship based in a community setting to address the unique developmental needs and issues facing girls. GSWW is a national leader among Girl Scout councils in designing outreach programs for girls at significantly higher risk of dropping out of school, drug and alcohol abuse, and criminal behavior.

Use of Best Practices
In order to systematically assess the success of its programming, GSWW has implemented the Youth Program Quality Assessment Instrument (YPQI), which gauges program quality using such key indicators as youth-directed learning, safety, and training of youth workers.

Accessibility and Cultural Competency
GSWW’s primary strategy for achieving its mission and providing access to thousands of girls is the effective mobilization of volunteers; strong community connections are forged and strengthened through local networks of girls and volunteers. However, because many girls don’t have access to safe neighborhoods or robust volunteer networks, GSWW has developed a rich array of outreach programs and has successfully developed new program-delivery methods to meet the needs of underserved populations.

One such example is the Girl Scout Leadership and Career Ready Program, which brings GSWW programming into under-served, low-income schools and communities in South Seattle and South King County. GSWW staff works closely with teachers to customize a curriculum to best meet the social and emotional needs of girls from kindergarten to 12th grade, strengthening girls’ self-efficacy and academic motivation as they transitions into middle and high school.

Collaboration
GSWW has developed strong partnerships with government and nonprofit agencies in order to leverage additional resources on behalf of the girls they serve. Examples include: the Girl Scout Leadership and Career Ready Program; a partnership with Seattle University to develop a curriculum for training Girl Scout leaders how to use inquiry-based methods in troop science programs; a collaboration with the Kent School District to help track the academic progress of the girls enrolled in GSWW’s Girl Scouts Fostering a Future program; and work with the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to link their caseworkers to GSWW staff and programs for girls in foster and kinship care.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
9/14/2010 $5,000.00to support financial aid for girls from low-income families in Clallam County.
9/10/2010 $20,000.00support general operating expenses.
9/24/2009 $5,000.00to provide financial assistance to low-income girls from Clallam County.
6/4/2009 $23,000.00fund replacement of decking for swim dock at Camp Lyle McLeod.
10/1/2008 $7,500.00support general operating expenses, specifically to support low-income girls and families in Clallam County.
6/11/2008 $74,600.00support the purchase and renovation of a Girl Scout regional office in the Bremerton area.
3/22/2007 $25,000.00support general operating expenses.

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