Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Larissa, struggling in foster care, participated in Got Choices, which guides and empowers at-risk girls to make positive changes through informed decision making, healthy relationships, service opportunities, and leadership. “Got Choices helped me make goals and keep them,” Larissa says. “I'm satisfied with myself and the person I've become… it helped make me a better person." In 2013, Larissa presented at the United Nation's 57th Session of Commission on the Status of Women in a session called “Girls Ending the Cycle: Combating Inter-Generational Violence Through Leadership and Empowerment.” “This was such an honor for me – we had to work hard and step outside our comfort zones but it was so amazing to have my voice heard,” Larissa says.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Girl Scouts Growing Strong programs impact multiple dimensions of girls’ social-emotional development. Our programs go beyond surface symptoms of risky, negative behaviors to challenge girls to think critically through their choices, develop greater self-awareness and empathy, build new life skills, knowledge and social competencies, adopt a growth mindset, and consider how their choices and actions affect themselves and others.
Quantitative and qualitative evaluation metrics show measurable increases in: ability to make positive life choices; understanding and recognition of healthy relationships; feelings of self-understanding and self-worth; ability to set and manage positive future goals; ability to identify problems facing their communities. We anticipate that adapting and scaling the programs to reach many more girls will replicate this kind of impact across a broader audience.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Currently, our Growing Strong programs are limited in scope, reaching about 1200 girls annually. Our solution takes the “best of” these programs, adapts them to benefit girls from all backgrounds, and packages them in a highly scalable “program-in-a-box” format. “Program-in-a-box” delivery is accessible and cost-effective: materials and learning activity plans are contained in portable bins, adult training is available in-person and online, and materials are available in Spanish and English. Troops can check curriculum out, making it available to up to 50,000 girls in Northern California.