Girl Scouts for refugee girls, earning badges in a new world
” The Girl Scouts received a grant last summer to start a program for refugee girls who might not otherwise become involved in scouting.
Girls who might not even know what Girl Scouts are.
‘In Girl Scouts, inclusiveness is important to us and we wanted to find some girls we hadn’t reached before,” says Ninneman. “This was kind of a new outreach.’
Last fall, the leader began working with ELL teachers in Lincoln to find potential members. So far, there are after-school refugee troops at Goodrich and Park middle schools, and at North Star High School. A fourth troop comprised of Yazidi girls just began meeting at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, and an Asian Center troop is in the works.”
Yezidis International girls in Dance Away Program