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Apr 12, 2018

Making an Impact

In keeping with this year’s World Thinking Day theme “Making an Impact,” the girls of the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Program committed to make an impact in their community by collecting socks for homeless families.

The girls who are part of the GSCM Beyond Bars Program enjoy many of the same experiences as other Girl Scouts – the only difference is they meet in a prison.

This year GSCM celebrated the 25th anniversary of the national-acclaimed Beyond Bars Program founded in Maryland in 1992 through a partnership with the National Institute for Justice and the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women.

On March 1, 2018, the BBC documented a troop meeting at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, filming the interaction between the Girl Scouts and their incarcerated mothers.

During this troop meeting, the girls brainstormed ways to make an impact in their communities. They sorted the more than 400 pairs of socks they collected for the homeless and delivered them to Grassroots Day Resource Center, an emergency shelter for families and single adult women near the MCIW.

Every month the girls meet twice at MCIW and at other times go camping, tour colleges, sell cookies, and participate in many other activities like any other Girl Scout troop.

Currently, Girl Scouts Beyond Bars is serving 32 girls and 20 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)™.


Feb 16, 2018

Girls STEAM Ahead at Annual Festival

On November 18, 2017, nearly 100 Girl Scouts, their parents and an amazing group of female scientists, engineers, artists, and designers took over the GSCM Program Center for the third annual Girls STEAM Ahead event.

Through an informative expo, hands-on workshops, an inspiring keynote address and a Women in STEAM career panel, girls were able to gain new insights into all things STEAM.

Carolyn YarinaCEO and co-founder of Baltimore-based, Sisu Global Health, an award-winning medical device company, talked with the girls about her career and the journey she took to get to where she is today. She explained that once upon a time she wanted to be an art teacher and that over time she took that idea of being creative and figured out how she could use it to make the world a better place. Carolyn also noted that she got her start in entrepreneurship and engineering in Girl Scouts.

During the workshop portion of the day, girls worked with AIA Baltimore, Decode Me Space, WealthyU, Society of Women Engineers, and Building with Biology Baltimore Underground Science Space (BUGSS) to explore different aspects of STEAM including learning how to use biology as a tool to create something new, making magnetic slime, learning how the stock market works through an interactive game and practicing the principles of design.

While the girls were busy exploring these topics, their parents had the opportunity to gain knowledge and resources from various STEM professionals. Code in the Schools, TCecure LLC, and GSCM’s STEM Specialist all provided parents with resources about how they can further encourage their girl’s interest in STEM. They even got to try their hand at soldering!

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland would like to express our sincere thanks to all of the volunteers, presenters, and organizations that supported our event including American Institute of Architects Baltimore, Baltimore Underground Science Space, Decode Me Space, Fire Museum of Maryland, NDMU American Pharmacist Association, Society of Women Engineers, WealthyU, and Star Academy for their support and participation! Special thanks to all of our career panelists who made the day a success. We look forward to your support as we plan next year’s event!

Jan 12, 2018

Beyond Bars 25th Anniversary a Success!

Justice receives a college scholarship
Justice receives a college scholarship

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland spent the end of 2017 celebrating the 25th anniversary of our Beyond Bars Program.

On November 4, supporters, legislators, and friends gathered to commemorate the silver anniversary and to watch the preimere of Tanya Spann Roche's stunning film documenting the program and the interaction between mothers and daughters at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women. Author and activist Kemba Smith presented a keynote address that spoke both to the Girl Scouts in attendance and to those who have never experienced the pain of incarceration.

We were also fortunate to present a scholarship to Justice, a Beyond Bars program graduate and current student at Salisbury University.

Due to the press coverage of the event, we received donations from all around the world. Over $70,000 dollars was raised in the last few months to support Beyond Bars. We are grateful for your support.

As the rate of female incarceration continues to skyrocket, the need for the supportive environment that the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Program provides girls and mothers will only grow. Thank you for ensuring that we can continue to provide a safe place for daughters of incarcerated mothers to grow and thrive.

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