Via Huffington Post:
Lauren Berg, Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Specialist
I learned the value of volunteerism at a young age. When people ask how I became involved with a program that allows mothers and grandmothers to connect with their families while incarcerated, I always say after 13 years as Girl Scout followed by years of leading my own troop in college, I wanted to serve a program where my skills would drive the most impact and challenge me.
Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB), a Girl Scout-led program, was established in 1992 and gives mothers and grandmothers the opportunity to maintain and strengthen relationships with their daughters and granddaughters while incarcerated. The program has served thousands of girls and mothers across the country since its inception. While the setting may be different, the mother-daughter meetings are still regular troop meetings, with lots of arts and crafts, games, snacks, and fun. The moms take a large role in planning and facilitating the meetings, getting a chance to show their daughters they can be leaders and set positive examples for them to follow.
When I started volunteering with GSBB, I was walking in blind. With no previous experience working in this capacity, I was certain there'd be very little common ground. However, I quickly found I was able to parlay my experience with m...