Girl Scouts Beyond Bars gives Girl Scouts aged five through 17 the opportunity to build and maintain familial bonds with justice-involved loved ones and other youth in similar situations. The program aims to empower and engage you in opportunities that promote self-exploration, leadership, and a broader understanding of how you can change your world. Your justice-involved loved ones will have the opportunity to see themselves not as incarcerated individuals but as troop leaders who can have a positive influence on the youth in their life.
This life-changing program is made possible through the generous support of donors. Make a gift today.
For more information, please contact:
Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Manager
253-682-8816 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Nationally, the number of kids who have had a parent in jail or prison at some point in their childhood hovers around 5.1 million—a conservative estimate. Kids with incarcerated parents are significantly less likely to live in neighborhoods that are able to be supportive of families.”
—The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Between 1980 and 2019, the number of incarcerated women increased by more than 700%, rising from a total of 26,378 in 1980 to 222,455 in 2019.
—The Sentencing Project
Girl Scouts Beyond Bars not only helps youth participants maintain and grow relationships with justice-involved loved ones but also delivers the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. You’ll experience all the fun of Girl Scouting alongside peers you can relate to.
In this program, you’ll:
Additional programming opportunities include:
Girl Scouts Beyond Bars troops serve youth with justice-involved family members. Hybrid troop meetings are offered monthly at Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women, Clallam Bay Corrections Center, and Washington Corrections Center for Women. For many participants, these troop meetings are the only time they see each other. You and your family members spend time together working through tailored Girl Scout programming that supports your familial bond.
Girl Scouts Beyond Bars provides Girl Scout programming in a community setting that’s open to youth with family members under Correctional Community Supervision, providing a safe environment to connect with peers who share similar experiences.
Girl Scouts Beyond Bars participants get to attend an annual sleepover held at the women’s facilities and an extended-visit day held at the men’s facilities. All Girl Scouts Beyond Bars youth get a traditional Girl Scouting experience, complete with regular meetings, Girl Scouts of Western Washington events, outings, camping, and the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
The Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program is fully subsidized by our financial assistance program. You’ll participate in troop activities, camp, and more, at no cost.
For additional information, please contact Cheryl Martin at email@example.com.
More than a dozen Girl Scouts had a sleepover at a Gig Harbor prison in 2018, visiting their moms incarcerated there. It was the highlight of the year for the inmates and their children. Watch the King 5 story to learn more.