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Girl Scouts of Connecticut Receives Grant for Outreach Program from The Perrin Family Foundation

February 17, 2010

Girl Scouts of Connecticut (GSOFCT) is committed to bringing the benefits of Girl Scouting to all girls. However, many underprivileged girls are often unable to participate in traditional Girl Scout Troops, so Girl Scouts of Connecticut facilitates a variety of Outreach Programs to meet their needs. Now, thanks to a generous grant of $15,000 from The Perrin Family Foundation, Girl Scouts of Connecticut will be able to serve more girls through their Outreach Programs in Norwalk, Stamford, Danbury, and Greenwich.

The Perrin Family Foundation grant will help fund the Girlz R.U.L.E. and Discover the Outdoors programs for more than 2,000 girls from low-income families in and around Norwalk, Stamford, Danbury, and Greenwich. "Girl Scouts of Connecticut is deeply grateful for the long history of support from The Perrin Family Foundation," said Jennifer Smith Turner, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. "The Foundation's generous assistance facilitates our purpose as the girl-empowerment organization in the state dedicated to lifelong success through values-based leadership development and personal growth."

The Outreach Programs take place in schools, community centers, youth organizations, and other sites in neighborhoods with high concentrations of families below the federal poverty level. Girl Scouts of Connecticut staff members meet with teachers or administrators to determine girls' needs and select age-appropriate activities. The programming is hands-on and experiential with learning disguised as fun. In keeping with Girl Scouts' "by girls, for girls" approach, girls make decisions about what they will do and how they will do it. The Girlz R.U.L.E. (Respect, Understand, Lead, Empower) program helps girls understand behaviors that lead to conflict, aggression, and violence and guides them in mastering the skills they need to build positive relationships. The Discover the Outdoors program offers girls the opportunity to learn about the natural world, environmental issues, and the preservation of the animal kingdom. All of Girl Scouts of Connecticut's programs are designed to foster growth and develop leadership skills in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.

The Perrin Family Foundation founded in 1994, is committed to providing equal opportunities for children and young adults to lead safe, productive and creative lives. Based in Ridgefield, Connecticut, The Perrin Family Foundation funds a continuum of direct social services & empowerment programs in Fairfield County as well as youth engagement and social change programs throughout the state to address unmet needs. The goal of The Perrin Family Foundation is to encourage and support non-profit organizations in the areas of education, health, social services, and advocacy for youth in underserved communities. For more information, visit the website at

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