Southern California Program

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

Civic and Community
Los Angeles, CA
June 2020

The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA) was created through a merger of six separate councils in 2010.  It is the third largest Girl Scout Council in the country with 47,000 members.  Prior to 2016, GSGLA was serving less than 2% of the girls living in low-income, under-resourced communities in its service area.  As part of its 2017-2020 Strategic Plan, GSGLA committed to bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to more girls in underserved communities in both traditional and innovative ways.  Since 2016, the number of girls served by GSGLA from low income zip codes increased from 10,000 to more than 17,000, and now comprises 37% of its total membership and continues to grow.  To help meet the needs of this growing population and introduce girls to experiences that will help them to achieve their full potential, GSGLA committed to build the Inglewood Innovation Center, a learning lab for STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, art and math) programming.  The project is anticipated to serve the 18,300 Girl Scouts from Inglewood and adjacent communities with a combination of robust skill-building programming and strong female role models.  A grant from the Keck Foundation will provide support for the buildout of the technology-rich Innovation Center and 18 months of programming and staffing for the Center.

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