Lee Poindexter, membership marketing specialist for the Girl Scouts of Crowley's Ridge Council, accepts a $982.50 contribution from Dr. Joe T. Wilson, chairman of the Craighead County Chapter of Arkansas Community Foundation, to be used for a special program geared to help troubled teens. Jane Robinson, Girls Scout business manager, and Genevieve Lane, ACF board member, were on hand for the grant presentation.
The grant money from ACF will be used to cosponsor a special project, called "Just G.U.R.L.S." (Girls Understanding, Respect, Leadership and Self-esteem).
"Girl Scouts of Crowley's Ridge Council will host a series of adventure activities at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (Schools United in Craighead County Educating and Serving Students) Achievement Academy, which is an alternative school that serves approximately 160 troubled students," Poindexter said. "Ten girls, in grades 6-11, will be encouraged to reduce risky behaviors and increase their self-esteem by attending biweekly 45-minute sessions that will focus on building self-confidence, improving body image, reducing stress, and accepting differences."
Participants will be taught the importance of taking care of their bodies, their minds, and developing self-confidence, which will enable them to better resist risky behaviors.
The ACF is currently the state's premier philanthropic resource for comprehensive charitable gift planning for individuals, non-profits and corporations. The foundation works together with fund donors, grant recipients and communities, as a catalyst for building charitable giving in Arkansas.