As students begin to settle into the school year, it’s important to be aware that one-third of girls ages 12-18 have reported being bullied at school; 85 percent of the time, no one intervenes.
The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) is looking to change that statistic by instilling courage, confidence and character in its 33,000 members.
“I am totally in the know about these things because I have a 6th-grade daughter,” said Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO of GSNETX. “Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas has been around for 102 years, and the core of who we are is about how to have healthy relationships. As we have seen girl-on-girl bullying and cyberbullying increase, Girl Scouts provides resources to prevent bullying. Troops learn teamwork, conflict resolution, how to build a better self and about positive relationships. [It’s important because] girls don’t always get that kind of character development outside of school.”
Of the 7,233 Girl Scouts in Collin County, more than 2,400 live in Plano. Bartkowski said Girl Scouts in grades 6-8 participate in a “journey” aimed at the organization’s three keys of leadership: discover, connect, take action.
“We have three journeys – one is called aMaze! and it’s all about healthy relationships,” Bartkowski said. “Girls go through that journey over two to three years and learn how to stand up for themselves and how to have healthy relationships.”
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