Girl Scouts Beyond Bars
Girl Scouts Beyond Bars serves girls whose mothers are incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon. GSBB's primary goal is to lessen the impact of parent-child separation. Children with a parent in prison are five times more likely to come in contact with the justice system themselves. They can have abandonment issues and be at risk for abuse, decreased school participation, and cycling into criminal behavior.
Building the mother-daughter bond through Girl Scout programming allows girls to learn positive decision-making and leadership skills, avoiding their mothers' mistakes. Additionally, girls have a safe place to talk about their situation with other girls in the same setting.
Mothers also benefit from being troop leaders. They learn leadership skills and learn to let the girls lead. They develop positive decision-making skills, and the bond they build with their daughters reduces the chance of being incarcerated again.
To learn more about the benefits of the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program, we recommend viewing the girl-created film, The Circle is Round.
This life-changing program is made possible through the generous support of donors. Make a gift today.
If you would like to learn more about volunteering with Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, or if you believe a girl in your life would benefit from the program, please contact the GSBB Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-977-6815.