USDA Challenge and Change

GSCCS applied for and was one of only 9 Girl Scout Councils granted funding for the Challenge and Change Rural Youth Development project, made possible by the generosity of the USDA.

Our project, part of the Girl Scouts in Rural Communities program, is in the communities of Orosi and Orange Cove.

The program mission is to build leadership opportunities to girls and volunteers who make rural communities their home, and provide a safe environment for girls so they may work to broaden their horizons and inspire them to make their world a better, safer place.

On April 20, 2013, 25 Girl Scouts from Orosi and Orange Cove worked together to determine a local issue that needed to be addressed in their communities, and brainstorm a sustainable take action plan. The workshop inspired the girls to Challenge Yourself, Change the World. The workshop included community leaders from Tulare County:
• Ernie Hernandez, former United Way Tulare Executive Director
• Susan Manuel, Executive Director, Ruiz 4 Kids
• Suzi Picaso, President, Picaso’s Passion, Inc.
• Yolanda Valdez, Assistant Superintendent, Cutler-Orosi Unified School District

For an update on these projects, click here!

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