GSNI and AmeriCorps
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) is honored to receive a Corporation for National and Community Service federal grant for Project Opportunity, an AmeriCorps program developed by GSNI, to be implemented throughout the organization’s service area. Project Opportunity is a youth development and education program for underserved girls. GSNI has been awarded over $160,000 – by accepting the grant, GSNI has committed to providing a substantial program match with private and in-kind funds.
This outreach program will engage girls, at 37 sites across seven northern Illinois counties including, Boone, DeKalb, Kane, McHenry, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago, who are not currently served by outreach programs funded by existing generous donors. Project Opportunity provides the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) to girls affected by poverty and other at-risk factors. These girls face barriers to participating in positive youth development programs. The AmeriCorps grant funding will provide the resources and AmeriCorps Members necessary to sponsor the participation of an additional 800 girls in the Girl Scout program. Through their participation, these 800 girls will derive the full program benefits of being a Girl Scout.
Become an AmeriCorps member with GSNI!
Do you want experience in youth development? Are you ready to give back to your community? Do you need money for education? If so, join the AmeriCorps team! AmeriCorps members bring Girl Scout programming to under-served girls who may be struggling academically and socially through the Project Opportunity outreach program in Aurora, DeKalb, Carpentersville, Elgin, Boone County, McHenry County, and Winnebago County. AmeriCorps Members will facilitate programming based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) in both in-person and virtual, weekly or bi-weekly, up to hour-long sessions. This programming helps girls develop a strong sense of self and improve academic attitudes through activities including life skills, S.T.E.M., career exploration, and healthy relationships. AmeriCorps members also help plan, prepare, and facilitate programming, identify additional populations of under-served girls, identify partners and connect with them for collaborations, and recruit new volunteers from local communities.