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Social Impact Programs

Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona is committed to making girl-led, all-girl programming accessible to all girls in Southern Arizona. In additon to our volunteer-led troops, our Social Impact program uses a staff-lef model to bring leadership programming to girls from historically underserved communities who would otherwise lack access to Girl Scouts, including girls who: live in rural or isolated areas; attend under-resourced schools; live in foster care or out-of-home placement; are refugees; have been impacted by the juvenile justice system; and girls who are impacted by incarceration. 

Through our school-based and collaborative programs, we help girls in our community reach their full potential as girls of courage, confidence, and character  by connecting them with resources, a safe space, and lifelong sisterhood. 

Adelante Jovencitas

Adelante Jovencitas (AJ) is designed to reduce recidivism and prevent incarceration by focusing on the unique needs of girls impacted by or at risk for involvement with the juvenile justice system. Meetings take place throughout the community and at regional detention centers. 

AJ places a special emphasis on empowering girls to engage in positive pursuits and explore critical life skills, including career exploration, healthy relationships, self-care techniques, and media literacy. Girls learn from program staff and facilitators - including university professors, law enforcement, and women in STEM fields - who bring unique perspectives and offer mentorship to girls on pursuing career and educational paths. AJ's positive and stigma-free environment gives girls the opportunity to explore new interests and skills with fear of judgement, focusing on their strengths and looking forward to their futures. 


"Girl Scouts has shown me that there is more to life that is happening in the present... Going to [AJ] meetings, I learned that even going through hard times, I can have a bright future." - Theresa, 15

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB)

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB) brings girls and their incarcerated mothers together to build and preserve relationships, reduce trauma, and foster leadership development in both girls and their mothers. Through GSBB we provide regular, supervised visits and interaction between girls and their mothers who are incarcerated in the Perryville Complex in Goodyear, AZ. One of our most successful programs, GSBB enhances the parent-child bond while instilling increased self-esteem and self-worth in both parent and child.

Twice a month, our trained staff bring girls to Perryville Prison to visit their mothers and work side-by-side on Girl Scouts facilitated projects. During these meetings, girls and their mothers engage in Girl Scouts activities in topics such as: STEM, interpersonal life skills, goal-setting and challenge seeking, and much more. Unlike traditional visitation, girls and their mothers develop practical skills while working together in a classroom-like setting as a more engaging way to relate to one another and work toward a common goal. GSBB is effective because it is so much more than visitation, offering wider opportunities for girls and their mothers to participate in leadership development opportunities that will benefit them for life.

Foster Care

Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona's Foster Care program serves girls in foster and kinship care by offering holistic programming that forges positive, sustaining relationships, building self-sufficiency and a strong sense of self. We provide girls with a safe and welcoming space, and connect foster care families with resources to support their girl. This program provides girls with several key life skills: self-esteem building; resiliency strategies; critical thinking and decision-making skills; positive relationship skills; and a sense of belonging. To address the stress and loss many girls in the foster care system experience, GSSoAz provides a stable, supportive environment where girls learn about themselves and their values and overcome challenges. By bolstering these skills through community support, girls develop tools to gain self-sufficiency and empower themselves, taking charge of their own lives and futures.

Our Social Impact program supports these girls by offering steady programs in group homes throughout the Tucson area, engaging girls in year-round programming that utilizes curriculum designed to meet the unique needs of girls living in out-of-home placement. Girls are also provided free Girl Scouts membership so that in the event that a girl moves or changes placement, she will have access to consistent and positive support from the Girl Scout sisterhood anywhere during times of transition, instability, and change. 


"I come to [Girl Scout] group because it's fun, its great getting out of the room. I also get to do different activities with other girls that live here. I also really enjoy the Girl Scout staff that comes to lead our groups." Alycia, 17


Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona works to establish ourselves as a strong presence at support groups and resource fairs within different agencies to provide the resources and availability for girls to connect with us, and to give foster care families additional resources to support their girl. These points of contact serve as entry ways into the Girl Scout experience for girls who may not have access to or be aware of our resources, offering them the potential to connect with other girls, groups, and opportunities that they may not otherwise encounter. 

In addition to group home meetings through Foster Care, Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona collaborates with the Kinship Adoption and Education (KARE) Family Center to serve girls ages 5-14 living in kinship care at our Angel Charity Place for Girls (APFG) building on our leadership campus. Girls in KARE troops visit APFG twice a month where they are mentored by Program Facilitators and have access to the program center’s STEM Lab, Art Studio, Kitchen, Business Lounge, and Health & Wellness space.

School Programs

Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona offers after school troops at schools in low-income and high-need communities. Our school-based programs provide an accessible entryway to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for girls and their families who may otherwise perceive our programs as unavailable. Offering programs directly at girls' schools allows us to meet girls where they are with consistent, reliable program opportunities in a safe and familiar location. 

These programs focus on engaging girls as active members in their own communities, highlighting civic engagement and advocacy as essential to building an equitable world. Our curriculum also places special emphasis on robust financial literacy education as key to personal sccess, and provides an opportunity for girls to participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program - the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world. 

Program Staff and volunteers facilitate program activities and serve as role models. We develop ongoing relationships with school prinicpals, staff, parents, and community partners to better align program curriculum to enhance girls' learning and mentor girls throughout their progression in Girl Scouts. 


"I see [Naveah] taking risks to try in class. She used to be more defiant and angry in math but tries now." Diana, Tucson Educator

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Girl Scouting builds a community. By giving a voice to the under-represented and reaching out to those in need, girls bridge gaps, heal wounds, and create lasting connections. 

We can't do this alone. Your partnership with us on this mission to change the world one girl at a time is simple. Give your time to bring programming to our girls or make a financial contribution. Whatever you choose, you will be making a lasting impact.