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Girl Scouts of Western Washington

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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.

Target demographics: We serve more than 26,000 girls in kindergarten to 12th grade in western Washington with the help of nearly 13,000 volunteers.

Programs: Girl scouts of western washington ("gsww") is the largest leadership organization for girls in the state of washington. In fiscal year ending september 2014, 25,193 girls in grades k-12 from 17 counties participated in girl programming supported by 12,687 adult volunteers and members. In addition, girl scouts of western washington waived girl scout event fees in the amount of $247,544. Our vision is that every girl, regardless of her race, ethnicity, where she lives, her sexual orientation or her family's socioeconomic status, is empowered to fulfill her potential to make the world a better place. We provide financial assistance to all members who qualify so that they can fully participate in all that girl scouts has to offer. Gsww served girls in underserved, low-income communities through our staff-led outreach programs, including girls living in low-income housing developments and neighborhoods, girls attending public schools serving primarily low-income students, and girls whose parents are incarcerated. Girls participated in girl scouts via neighborhood troops, staff- and volunteer-led camp programs, multi-week series, workshops and events, and global travel. Through activities and experiences that are girl-led, cooperative and allow them to learn by doing, girls: 1) unleash their potential: girls discover their unique strengths and interests, and learn to think critically, communicate their ideas and work with other people, developing a strong sense of who they are and what they can offer the world. 2) transform their world: girls become leaders who stand up for others, have strong personal principles and improve their community through activities such as service learning, advocacy and anti-bullying training. 3) build their future: girls envision the future they want to live in and set goals to make their dreams a reality. Activities include stem exploration, developing business skills, career exploration and college planning. According to a 2012 girl scouts of the usa study, 63% of women who participated in girl scouts for six or more years consider themselves competent and capable, compared to 55% of non-alumnae. 48% attained college degrees, compared to 28% of non-alumnae. Girl scout alumnae also reported higher incomes ($51,700) compared to non-alumnae ($42,200). In 2014, girl scouts of western washington's survey of members revealed: - healthy relationships: 87% of girls reported that girl scouts helped them get along better with others. - positive values: 92% reported that girl scouts has taught them how to treat others fairly. - life skills: 87% reported that girl scouts has helped them make better decisions. - conflict resolution: 88% reported that because of what they've learned at girl scouts, they can find fair ways to solve problems with others. - leadership: 86% of girls said that girl scouts has helped them know or feel more confident about being a good leader. - community engagement: 86% of girls said that because of girl scouts, they look for ways to make a difference in their community.

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