Leadership and Character Building
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois serve 319 young girls in Lee County from all racial, ethnic, religious, socio-economic backgrounds and abilities. In 2017, both The Lee County Charitable Fund and Lee County Youth Services, Inc. awarded grant funding to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois for the Leadership and Character Building program. The Girl Scout Leadership and Character Building program is a one-of-a-kind leadership development program that has been in existence for 106 years and is considered to be the best all-girl program in the Tri-State Area.
One of the missions of the Girl Scouts is everything they do is designed with and for girls. The single-gender environment creates an inclusive, safe space, to explore their potential without the distractions or pressures that can be found in a co-ed environment. Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois never turn a girl away who does not have the resources to participate in Girl Scouts.
The Leadership and Character Building Program grants assisted the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois to provide 127 members identified as low income $2,965.00 in financial assistance for program events, uniforms, books, camperships and membership dues. During the Leadership and Character Building Program, Girl Scouts learned valuable leadership lessons that included:
Girl-Led Decisions: Girls make decisions and choices about what they do and how they do it.
Learning by Doing: Girls have opportunities for hands-on activities followed by reflection and discussion time
Cooperative Learning: Girls share work towards a common goal, as well as knowledge and skills, in an atmosphere of respect and cooperation.