New Funds to Add Cyberbullying Prevention to Successful Program for Girls
July 5, 2011
As a result of a $5,000 gift from the Fairfield County Community Foundation Fund for Women and Girls, Girl Scouts of Connecticut will be able to enhance its popular Girlz R.U.L.E.™ program in Fairfield County. The Girlz R.U.L.E.™ (Respect, Understand, Lead, Empower) curriculum shows girls how to avoid bullying – especially cyberbullying – and other behaviors that often pave the way to violence by teaching self-respect, respect for others, conflict resolution, and online safety. This is the second year of funding from the Fund for Women and Girls.
Girl Scouts of Connecticut created Girlz R.U.L.E.™ eight years ago and it is currently being offered locally in the Norwalk, Stamford, Greenwich and Danbury school systems. The program uses challenge initiatives and role-playing games as teaching tools to empower today’s girls with the skills they need to develop as the self-confident leaders of tomorrow. Girls are then encouraged to educate and inspire their friends and family to follow their positive example.
With the expansion of social media use, cyberbullying is becoming a growing problem. The new funding from the Fairfield County Community Foundation will be used to research and implement new curriculum to address how girls interact online, including take-home materials to help encourage parents to talk to their teens and monitor internet use. Additional facilitators will be trained with this new curriculum, expanding the reach of this influential program to more girls in Fairfield County.
About Fairfield County Community Foundation
The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds and contribute to existing funds. The Foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. It is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards for community foundations. The Foundation has awarded over $123 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.