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Jan 3, 2019

Girls of Incarcerated Mothers Get Some Holiday Joy

For many people, including children with parents in prison, the holidays can be a rough time of year. In an effort to bring some holiday joy, singer John Legend and his organization, FreeAmerica, partnered with Build-A-Bear to provide gifts for some of these children, including 35 Girl Scouts from GSCM's Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB) program.

 

The bears were distributed to the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars troop members at the second of their bi-monthly meetings on December 15th at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women (MCIW).

 

In the card that comes with the bears, Legend says, “I hope you feel supported and loved this holiday season.”

 

Currently, Girl Scouts Beyond Bars is serving 35 girls. Over the past 25 years, more than 400 girls have been given the support they need as they cope with the loss of a parent and the isolation that comes from the stigma of their mothers’ involvement in the criminal justice system.

 

Your commitment to Girl Scouts Beyond Bars helps us ensure that ALL girls in central Maryland have the opportunity to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™.

Nov 12, 2018

Girl Scouts Participate in Cyber Escape Room

On October 18, middle and high school Girl Scouts from central Maryland spent the day participating in a cyber escape room challenge at the Raytheon Cyber Operations, Development, and Evaluation (CODE) Center.

The challenge was designed to prepare girls for Girl Scouts' first-ever national Cyber Challenge in 2019. Through a multiyear commitment from Raytheon, Girl Scouts has launched its first national computer science program and Cyber Challenge for middle and high school girls. The program aims to prepare girls to pursue computer science careers, including cybersecurity, robotics, data science, and artificial intelligence, among others. GSCM is one of ten pilot councils that are participating in the Raytheon-sponsored program.

A Girl Scout Research Institute study found that 74% of girls say they’re interested in STEM, but only 13% of girls say a STEM career is their first choice.


Girl Scouts is prepared to fill the STEM workforce pipeline with girls who are ready to take the lead. We are committed to increasing girls’ involvement in science, technology, engineering, and math and ensuring that every girl has opportunities to explore through hands-on “learning by doing” in a girl-focused, girl-led environment.

Without your support, we would be unable to provide opportunities for the 20,000 Girl Scouts in central Maryland to explore STEM. You can change the world by investing in girls.

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Oct 9, 2018

Girl Scout Investiture Celebrated at MCIW

On September 29, 2018, the mothers at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women looked on with pride as their daughters were invested and rededicated.

Girls who are new to the Beyond Bars Program were invested into the Girl Scout family for the first time and received their Girl Scout pins. The rededication was an opportunity for returning girls and adults to renew their commitment to the Girl Scout Promise and Law. 

During the ceremony, girls received new uniforms and patches that they earned the previous year in skill areas such as STEM, outdoors, life skills, and entrepreneurship.

Currently, Girl Scouts Beyond Bars is serving 29 girls and 19 mothers. Over the past 25 years, more than 400 girls have been given the support they need as they cope with the loss of a parent and the isolation that comes from the stigma of their mothers’ involvement in the criminal justice system.

Your commitment to Girl Scouts Beyond Bars helps us ensure that ALL girls in central Maryland have the opportunity to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™.

 
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