Girl Scouting builds 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. Working towards earned grade-level awards girls improve their schools and neighborhoods and develop an understanding of their important place in a complex world. Girl Scouts of the USA is committed to ensuring that all girls have an opportunity to build extraordinary lives and join with those around them in making the world a better place.

Challenge and Change

Challenge and Change: Challenge Yourself, Change the World

Challenge and Change, a program of Girl Scouts in Rural Communities funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a leadership development program piloted with teen girls in 22 communities across the country. Challenge and Change aligns with the Girl Scout Leadership Development Program, where girls discover their personal best, connect with others in an increasingly diverse world, and take action to solve problems and improve their communities.

Free Being Me

GSUSA, in partnership with the World Association of Girl Guide and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and Dove, has launched Free Being Me, a global leadership initiative. Using the It's Your Story, Tell It! Journeys, together with the Free Being Me curriculum, girls explore issues of beauty and body confidence and build their leadership skills.

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars

Instituted in 1992 through a partnership with the National Institute of Justice, Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB) provides girls an opportunity to visit their incarcerated mothers and take part in Girl Scout troop meetings.

Girl Scouting in Detention Centers

Girl Scouting in Detention Centers (GSDC) strives to address the sensitive issues of incarcerated girls, and offer girls opportunities to participate in Girl Scout activities that help cultivate positive values, a stronger social conscience, higher self-esteem, and the critical life skills needed to become healthy, productive young women.

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P.A.V.E. (Project Anti-Violence Education) the Way

P.A.V.E the Way contributes to girls' healthy development by teaching them the skills and strategies they need to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of crime and/or a perpetrator of violent behavior. A national Girl Scout initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Girl Scout councils awarded P.A.V.E. grants design their programming around four main topics: Internet Safety, Bullying Prevention/Intervention, Gang Prevention, and Crime Prevention.

The Healthy Relationships Resource Series is part of the P.A.V.E. the Way (Project Anti-Violence Education) program, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. The program is an interactive resource for Girl Scout Cadettes.