GSWPA Recognized as an Asset Builder in Healthy Youth Development
Throughout our almost 100 year history, Girl Scouts have accumulated a strong knowledge base and significant expertise on girls’ healthy growth and development. This expertise has helped us create innovative programs that provide girls with a rich and meaningful Girl Scout experience. Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) is being recognized by the Healthy Youth Development Initiative as an Asset Builder in Erie County.
The Healthy Youth Development Initiative of Erie County utilizes The Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets to promote youth development. These assets are actual, common sense, positive experiences and qualities important to the development of young people and the ingredients of their success. The 40 assets have influence during the complicated adolescent years to effect choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults.
GSWPA was asked to describe how the organization fosters the 40 Developmental Assets and their impact on the development of young people. Girl Scouts throughout western Pennsylvania and in Erie County have demonstrated that programs like Fit’s Inn, Orienteering and Native American Dance help girls develop their full individual potential, relate to others with increasing understanding, skill and respect and contribute to society through their abilities, leadership skills and cooperation with others.
A real-life example of the 40 Assets in action comes from Troop 30636 in Erie County, who completed their Girl Scout Gold Award project with the assistance of caring adult mentors and the attitude that youth can act as a resource to their local community. To earn their Gold Award, the highest girl-award in Girl Scouting, the troop developed and presented a complete elementary educational package that meets the PA Academic Standard for the Environment 4.2.4 Nonrenewable Resources. They also created a companion coloring book to accompany the lessons. Troop 30636 learned how to plan ahead, work together, serve others and modeled positive peer influence to younger girls.
GSWPA will be presented with the award at a press conference on Monday, October 5 in Erie, PA. The press conference will kick off the 6th annual Healthy Youth Development Week.