Written by:Jennifer Yepez
1/14/2013 4:46 PM 

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX), the largest pipeline for female leadership in the world, announced today that it was one of only 30 Girl Scout councils to be awarded a $20,000 grant from the MetLife Foundation Hispanic Leadership Fund. The grant will be used to launch Be a Friend First (BFF), an anti-bullying program for Hispanic girls in grades 6-8.

"We are honored to be one of the few councils to receive the MetLife Foundation grant," said Colleen Walker, chief executive officer for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. "Bullying has reached epic proportions and we need to provide young women the necessary tools to combat it. The Girl Scouts are proud that we will be able to partner with young Latinas and volunteers in Northeast Texas to make a difference in local schools and communities."

The MetLife Foundation funding will allow GSNETX to provide Hispanic girls in middle school the opportunity to learn about anti-bullying efforts and self-esteem tools. The BFF program is designed to work with the aMAZE! Journey, Girl Scout’s highly-acclaimed leadership program that teaches girls about healthy relationships, preventative bullying behavior and peacemaking skills that can be utilized in their schools and communities. The eight-week program begins the week of Feb 1, 2013 and will be implemented in four schools throughout the Northeast Texas. The schools selected to participate in the BFF MetLife Series are:

  • Benjamin Franklin Middle School (Dallas)
  • Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy (Dallas)
  • Sam Houston Elementary School (Garland)
  • Seagoville Middle School (Dallas)

GSNETX is looking for adults to volunteer with the BFF program. If you would like to participate, please contact Mara Rodriguez at 972-349-2450 or mrodriguez@gsnetx.org.

To learn more about the BFF (Be a Friend First) program, please visit: https://www.girlscouts.org/program/journeys/bff/

To learn more about the MetLife Foundation, please visit: http://www.metlife.com/about/corporate-profile/citizenship/metlife-foundation/index.html.

About MetLife Foundation:
MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 to continue MetLife's longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Our commitment to building a secure future for individuals and communities worldwide is reflected in our dedication to empowering older adults, preparing young people and building livable communities. Since it was established, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $530 million in grants to nonprofit organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. For more information, visit www.metlife.org.

About Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas:
Girl Scouts is the premiere leadership organization and is the largest pipeline for female leadership. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas serves over 35,000 girls and 17,000 adults in 32 northeast Texas counties. For information on how to join, volunteer, donate or reconnect to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, call (800) 442-2260 or visit www.gsnetx.org.

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