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Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

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Causes: Children & Youth, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.

Mission: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Results: Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles is the largest girl-serving nonprofit in Los Angeles, serving more than 43,000 girls in partnership with 25,000 volunteers.

Target demographics: girls K-12 from every social, economic, and faith background.

Geographic areas served: the diverse communities of Los Angeles County and parts of Kern County and San Bernardino County

Programs: Leadership, Business and Financial Literacy, Outdoor Adventure, STE[A]M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), and Healthy Living

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jill66

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a great organization. I was a co-leader with my girlfriend. Our daughters started in 3rd grade and went all the way through 12th grade. For our bridging to adults, we took eight 18 year olds to Europe for 2 weeks and bridged over the London Bridge. I know the Girl Scout experience empowered my daughter in everything that she does. Thank you...Thank you...Thank you

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was a Brownie Girl Scout when I was about 7 years old and a GS for a short time in junior high school, my mother would let me go camping so I dropped out.

Then as an adult I was a Girl Scout Leader for 25 years for the GS of Greater LA. First for my daughter then for my niece, I can't tell you how much I learned from being a leader thought GS adult training and from the girls. I met some really wonderful ladies and girls that are still part of my life today, I was lucky to have many good co-leaders and one really great one that grew so much as a co-leader that she is still involved in GS today. I hope to start a troop for my granddaughter this year at her school.. I know that the skills that the we taught the girls have stayed with them and have helped them in their adult life..

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a great organization! They are very organized, helpful,and always looking for ways to help not just the girls,but the community as a whole. I feel fortunate to be a part of this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I remember being in the Girl Scouts briefly when I was in third grade. I had fond memories of that short lived membership. When I had the opportunity to have my daughter join, I jumped at the chance. Then I found out I could be a Girl Scout as well. The troop disbanded but I decided to take the challenge of building the troop again. This will be my second year in command of the SMGS Troop 5255. I am very fond of my girls and hope to sign on more girl scouts. It is amazing what these girls can accomplish with the right training. Girl Scouts as an organization offers a lot of leadership, encouragement and nurturing. The programs are excellent and the camps are fun to attend and be a part of. I as a troop leader also get engaged in the learning. I too have gained so much knowledge and have grown as a leader. I recommend that each parent enroll with their girls. Girl Scouts brings girls together...to get her there...more like them there.

Tammie3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Girl Scout for practically my whole life. Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles is a great organization to volunteer for. Whether you have a lot of time or a little, there is place for you to help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles is open to membership for all girls from kindergarten to 12th grade, and belonging is a life changing experience. The best part about being a Girl Scout is the positive atmosphere that is provided. Girls learn about independence and leadership while having fun with other girls. They plan together, and then carry out their plan. I have been a volunteer here for over 30 years. In that time I have been a leader and seen the growth and confidence that girls gain by being a part of Girl Scouts. Currently my role has changed, and I now support the adults who support girls. I have had many "jobs". Some that last a few months and some that last for years. Being a Girl Scout is like belonging to a club. You always feel that connection, and it is fun. But the real reward comes from seeing how girls grow into confident young women. I recently read the blog of a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient who just graduated from high school. She is off on her next adventure as a college freshman. She decided to keep a blog of her college experience, an "online diary", she called it. The first thing she blogged about was her Girl Scout experience and how it has made her more confident. She is going off to college a week early as she was chosen to participate in a week long community service project - something she learned as a Girl Scout - service to others. I am proud to be a member of Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love GSGLA. I grew up in LA and was a Girl Scout most of my young life. Now I have a daughter who is enjoying all the fun stuff I did as a girl. GSGLA has so many wonderful leaders and staff. I feel so lucky to be part of this amazing group.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working as a volunteer for the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles for the last years has been fulfilling. The focus is on the girl and girl programming. Every effort of the staff and volunteers expands the opportunities for the girls and provides guidance for their future. Girls go on to accomplish wonderful achievements because of Girl Scouting!

Kristina V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles continues the over 100 year tradition of building self esteem, confidence, and life skills in girls. I am a proud Girl Scout leader and I love to watch my troop help in the community. I was a Girl Scout as a child and I'm thrilled that my daughter is one as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a Leader and this organization is amazing. Keeping our young girls involved in community is a great thing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization. We appreciate GSGLA and all they do to bring amazing experiences for young girls.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the few organizations that can help guide girls and young women into doing great things in the community and leading great careers later on as well.

Melissa205

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for 12 years with Girl Scouts. Since the begining, GSGLA has been a great organization to be a part of. I probably spend at least 2 hours a day doing something for GSGLA. Anything from troop leader, service unit team member, and Communications GO team. GSGLA is an amazing place to volunteer for. They treat us like we are family. My daughter and her troop just graduated from 12 th grade and I have 2 girls that are now adult volunteers in GSGLA and 2 that will be volunteering at other Girl Scout councils.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Girl Scouts is a critical organization for girls ages 5-17. The values, experiences and relationships built cannot be found or matched by any other organization. The organization continues to evolve with the times and help girls from all socio-economic backgrounds grow into capable, confident women. Girls having a safe space to learn and overcome challenges especially in the middle and high school years is a crucial part of the success of Girl Scouts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for this great organization has afforded me many opportunities for service, learning and even fun! You can volunteer to work with girls, on special projects or events (just to name a few of the many options). One of my favorite activities was a huge Camporee we did - there were hundreds of girls and adult volunteers and it was such a time of discovery and memory-making.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Girl Scouts has been a wonderful experience for not only me, but also many other girls in the Los Angeles region and more. Leadership and confidence is promoted so strongly and girls everywhere gain more character! This program has definitely helped me in not only my leadership and confidence but also to broaden my heart and care for others.

1 Joanie3

Volunteer

Rating: 4

It was my privilege to be a Girl Scout leader for 17 years. Both of my daughters were in Girl Scouts until their senior year in high school and both earned their Gold Award. I enjoyed teaching my daughters, and the other girls in my troop, the meaning of courage, confidence, and character, and about making the world so better place. This program has made a difference in my life, and in the lives of all the girls in my troop.

1 Peggy N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a troop leader for a cooperative Girl Scout troop in Redondo Beach, CA, in which other parents share the leadership and therefore the personal development that goes along with developing that leadership. Girl Scouts is not only good for girls, it is good for families. The program encourages personal health and growth.

Last year, I interviewed our Brownie Girl Scouts to determine whether they were eligible for the Journey Summit Award, the highest honor that a Brownie can earn. One of the questions that I asked them is how has working on the leadership journeys helped them to become girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Here are some of the responses:
"I used to be more shy, and now I know that people actually listen when I talk."
"If there is a problem at school between other kids, I try to help them to solve it."
"I helped a new kid to make friends and find people to play with."
"I learned that everybody makes mistakes and it's okay."
"I will play with brown kids more."

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been in Girl Scouts in GSGLA for many years now. This organization has really impacted my life and I could give pages of examples, but I don't think you need all of it. Just know that GSGLA is wonderful always teaches their girls how to be the best they can be, all the time, doing anything.

2 Annika M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Girl Scout in the GSGLA district, and the impact that this organization has left on me and those around me is amazing. The staff are wonderful and caring, and there is ALWAYS an opportunity for fun or learning.

2 Anne79

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Girl Scouts is an incredibly empowering organization, I've never would have done as much good or become the person I am today without it. The ladies are truly inspiring and the difference that just one person can make is incredible!