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Holding Hands

Community Partners

The new Girl Scout mission delivery model in eastern Massachusetts includes a growing list of community partners; collaboration is key to our ability to deliver leadership development programs to girls in underserved communities. Communities are identified based on needs assessments conducted across the Commonwealth and supported by data from the Mass Dept. of Education, the Mass Dept. of Public Health and the Mass Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

We partner with community agencies that have fulfilled our Criteria of Need requirements and are located in one of our targeted cities with:

  • the highest MA teen pregnancy rates
  • juvenile assaults by girls more likely to take place, based on a combination of Youth Risk Behavior, public safety and crime data
  • higher 9th-12th grade high school dropout rates than the state average
  • a larger population of low-income students than the state average

GSEM developed the FaB Factor program with a belief that a targeted Girl Scout leadership curriculum, and consistent access to caring adults, would make a difference in the lives of girls in underserved communities.

Serving girls ages 5-18 residing in urban neighborhoods, our FaB Factor program promotes positive social skills and behaviors through four modules: Financial Literacy (Finance and Business), Health and Fitness (Fit and Beautiful), Environmental Awareness (Forests, Farms and Blueways), and the STEM disciplines (Fractions, Fixtures and Bytes, Beakers). Like all Girl Scouts, our FaB Factor girls learn new skills, develop confidence, and feel empowered to make a difference. They embark on girl-planned community service learning and gain exposure to opportunities outside of their typical environment. Every program includes:

  • An induction ceremony
  • Opportunity to sell cookies, to fund their activities
  • Field trips
  • Participation in larger-scale events for girls, including the GSEM STEM Conference

Current FaB Communities:
New Bedford, Boston, Brockton, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Revere, Salem, and Taunton.