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Community Connections

Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England believes that EVERY girl who wants to be a Girl Scout should be a Girl Scout. Through our Community Outreach and Hispanic Initiative programs we are working to insure that no girl goes without the opportunity to experience Girl Scouting first hand. 

Community Outreach

Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England has various delivery systems designed to give girls throughout Rhode Island and southeastern MA an opportunity to participate in GSSNE's Girl Scout program activities - whether it is taking part in an after-school troop or taking advantage of a six-week summer sessions. Our Community Outreach programs are designed to reach girls who are deemed at risk due to various life situation. We provide through paid leadership, community collaborations using outside agency staff and volunteers. With community involvement and support from the business sector, girls who most need what Girl Scouting has to offer have a chance to grow, learn and lead.

Who We Serve

GSSNE provides girls in grades K-8 with programming through after-school and community group settings. The program serves more than 1000 girls per year throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern MA elementary schools.

The Girl Scout Leader Experience (GSLE)

Leadership development is a major Outreach focus. GSLE identifies three "keys" to leadership - Discover, Connect and Take Action.

  • Discover: Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skils to explore the world.
  • Connect: Girls care about, inspire and team with others locally and globally. 
  • Take Action: Girls act to make the world a better place.

Girl Scout experiences are girl-led whenever possible, and it is learning that is encouraged through experimental and cooperative approaches. These three processes promote fun and friendship, integral to Girl Scouts, along with a sense of belonging and opportunity for leadership.

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Who Makes It Possible?

The short answer is everyone. Programs and sessions are led by professionaly trained program leaders who act as facilitators and positive adult role models. Volunteers assist Girl Scout staff in program delivery, supporting our program leaders and girls with games, songs, reading books and girl membership. But it goes beyond that, much of Community Outreach is supported through the generous grants and donations received through the business sector and supporting organizations. Only with the support of those in our communities, can this important work continue!

You too can support our Outreach efforts by making a donation online today! Thank you for making the difference in the life of a girl!

The Hispanic Initiative

In 2014, GSSNE convened a Hispanic Advisory Board, with the goal of reaching out to the Hispanic community to acquaint them with Girl Scout programs and recruit girls and adults. Collectively, GSSNE has an extensive community based network of troops and afterschool programs working through established organizations. There is a need to introduce and engage young girls from underserved communities to leadership development and empowerment opportunities. We are committed to ensuring that all girls have access to our well-developed resources regardless of their zip code and/or economic situation. Currently the number of GSSNE members is not representative of the RI Latino population. The Hispanic Advisory Board believes that it is due to a lack of awareness, particularly for limited English speaking households.

GSSNE is adopting an inclusive approach to increase participation in existing troops and programs. The approach aims to be mindful of the barriers preventing young girls from participating in GSSNE activities and proactively addressing those challenges in collaboration with partners who are committed to transforming communities.

Check out the WJAR news segment from our April 2nd, 2016 Hispanic Initiative event!

Interested in getting involved? Please reach out to our Council Office at 401-331-4500. We'd be happy to have you lend a hand in this important outreach effort!