CNY Community Foundation Awards Grant to SCSD Girl Scouts

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The Central New York Community Foundation recently awarded the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways with a $29,595 grant to expand its Be a Friend First (BFF) program. The program delivers school-day sessions to 1,800 Syracuse City School District girls in grades 4-8.
 
Through activities at Westside Academy at Blodgett and Huntington Pre-K-8 School, the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways program encourages girls to form healthy relationships with each other and fosters an environment in which girls can feel safe, secure and healthy.
 
According to studies conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), 56 percent of girls claim that social networks help them feel closer and more connected to their friends. The Be a Friend First program aims to help girls develop their self confidence and identity, gain leadership skills and form stronger relationships with their peers. With a third of girls saying they worry about being teased, the Be a Friend First program works to help girls focus on working together and treating others with kindness, helping to promote positive self image, confidence and relationship building.
 
The Central New York Community Foundation awards grants to charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties, including school and educational programs such as Be a Friend First.