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How Your Gift Helps Girl Scouting  
Why I Give: John Cassidy, CEO, Sierra Central Credit Union
Learn More: OutreachLeadershipChanging the World 

Girl Scout Financial Aid: The Key that Opens the Door to Bright Futures

In a neighborhood where crime statistics are high, socioeconomic status is low, and success stories from youth are few and far between, Tomesha stands out. A bright teenage girl, fascinated by science, she is also desperate – desperate for opportunities that can expose her to a world that can help her understand her
self-worth and show her the unlimited possibilities her future can hold.

For Tomesha, Girl Scouts delivers the lifechanging experiences she needs – thanks to donors like you.

This summer, Tomesha attended The Future is Green, a 10-day camp focused on green technology, where 36 teen girls explored robotics, astronomy, and the environment through hands-on experiences at NASA, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, the California Academy of Sciences, San Jose’s Tech Museum and much more.

Another Future is Green participant, Alyssa, praised the program and the people who made it possible: “Over the summer, I attended The Future is Green program in California, which was one of the greatest experiences in my life.”

“This trip would not have been possible for me without the help of financial aid," Alyssa said. "I am so thankful that I was given financial aid, and that I learned so much while having a lot of fun.”

Like other Girl Scout opportunities such as summer camp, leadership programs, and countless activities made possible by financial aid, The Future is Green made an impact that will last long beyond the short time the girls experienced it.

“The Future is Green Destination benefited me not only as a Girl Scout but especially as a person -- I took in everything I could, and was truly able to absorb my natural surroundings of mountains and tall, strong redwood trees,” said Kate. “It fueled my passion for the environment even further, and gave me more tools to share that passion. Because I am going to be a co-leader of my school's environmental club next year, I now have a wider range of knowledge and skills that I can spread at home and school.”

And for Danielle, this Girl Scout experience showed her something in herself she hadn’t realized.

“I now know it is not impossible to make changes, for whatever reason: whether I'm too young or because I'm a girl, one person can make a change just as well as another can.”

Be that one person who makes the change for girls – your support for Girl Scouting can make all the difference.

Learn More:

You've Always Wanted to Change the World. Here's Your Chance.
Growing Leaders at Every Level
Outreach: "One Day Changed My Life."

Why I Give to Girl Scouting

John Cassidy, Chico
Girl Scout sponsor, Sierra Central Credit Union CEO

John Cassidy, President and CEO, Sierra Central Credit Union, has been a sponsor of the Jeff Stover Celebrity Golf Tournament for ten years. The tournament, and community sponsors like Cassidy and Sierra Central Credit Union, exemplifies community involvement at its best, when many rally around a great cause and create an extraordinary outcome for young people.

“We feel that it’s important to support the Girl Scouts because the organization provides a much-needed place just for girls, away from all the noise in the world, where they can build their life and leadership skills, investing time in their communities to help them become strong adult women."

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