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Community Resources

As Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Girls grow courageous and strong through a wide variety of enriching experiences, such as field trips, skill-building sports clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships.

In Girl Scouts, GIRLS CHANGE THE WORLD! 

Girls Change the world through community service and through take action projects.

  • Community Service projects address an issue and provide a short-term solution, with a short term impact. For example, Abby and her troop decide to help an uninsured family who lost their home in a fire, this is the issue. The troop’s solution is to collect clothes, household goods, and food for the family.
  • Take Action projects identify the root cause of the issue and have long-term benefits and sustainable support. To make their project sustainable, Abby and her troop Organize community groups and/or community members to establish an ongoing clothes closet for families facing a crisis.

Community Resources and Community Needs

Our Girl Scouts provide thousands of hours of community service and Take Action projects in their communities.  In an effort to share community needs and to inspire new ways to serve the community, we will be introducing a new issue in the community that girls, troops, and families can learn more about. A new issue will be shared monthly. We encourage you to:

  • Discover, learn more about this issue in your community
  • Connect with organizations or people in the community to get guidance on how you can make a difference
  • Take Action in your community, carry out your service to the community, making the world a better place

January
Homelessness & Poverty

February
Animals

March
Education & Literacy

April
Domestic Violence

May
Health & Wellness

June
Environment

July
Global

August
Equity

September
Hunger

October
Children

November
Veterans
December
Seniors

April:  Domestic Violence

No age is too young to start learning about domestic violence; volunteers should be cautious to share information on sensitive topics in an age-appropriate and non-threatening manner. Education and awareness are powerful tools in reducing incidences of domestic violence. 

Domestic Violence affects us all in ways we may not be aware. Studies show that in 50 - 70 % of cases where one parent is violent/abusive to another parent, the children are also physically abused. When domestic violence occurs in the family children are frequently absent from school which can cause them to fall behind in their school work, something which they may never be able to catch up. Girls whose families are involved in domestic violence very often become withdrawn and cry easily, they may also have few friends causing them to become further isolated. Boys who live in families with domestic violence may have a difficult time controlling their anger and can lash out at the people around them; some may even be cruel to their pets. Many adult offenders witnessed domestic violence as children. 

Did you know: 

  • 3.3 Million: Estimated number of children in the U.S. each year that witness violence against their mother or female caretaker by a family member.
  • 40-60: Percentage of men who abuse women who also abuse children.
  • 1 in 5: Number of teenage girls who said they have been in a relationship where the boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if a breakup was to occur.
  • 90-95: Percentage of domestic violence victims who are women.
  • 175,000: Number of workdays American employees miss each year on account of domestic violence.
resources for further research and inspiration
  • Domestic Violence Resource Center: provides direct service to victims.  
  • Albuquerque Family Advocacy Center: provides direct service to victims. 
  • NM Coalition Against Domestic Violence: offers referrals and education. 
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: for advocacy and to find services     
  • AARDVARC, And Abuse, Rape, Domestic Violence Aid, and Resource Collection: provides resources for NM by county    

Ideas for girls of all ages: 

  • find out where victims can go for help
  • be able to contrast a healthy relationship 
  • with an unhealthy one
  • read a book or watch a movie about 
  • domestic violence
  • list alternatives to violence in 
  • resolving family disputes
  • complete a service project to benefit a youth shelter or victims of domestic violence
  • What else could you do to discover, connect, and/or take action? 
Addressing Sensitive Topics with Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts welcomes and serves girls and families from a wide spectrum of faiths and cultures. When girls wish to participate in discussions or activities that could be considered sensitive—even for some—put the topic on hold until you have spoken with parents and received guidance from your council.

When Girl Scout activities involve sensitive issues, your role is that of a caring adult who can help girls acquire skills and knowledge in a supportive atmosphere, not someone who advocates a particular position.

You should know, GSUSA does not take a position or develop materials on issues relating to human sexuality, birth control, or abortion. We feel our role is to help girls develop self-confidence and good decision-making skills that will help them make wise choices in all areas of their lives. We believe parents and guardians, along with schools and faith communities, are the primary sources of information on these topics.

We at Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails strongly recommend obtaining and keeping the Parent Information and Permission Form for sensitive issues before girls begin discussion on sensitive topics. When discussing sensitive topics related to values, GSUSA and GSNMT recommend that volunteers encourage girls to talk with resource individuals such as family members, religious leaders, and appropriate subject matter experts.

Parents/guardians make all decisions regarding their girl’s participation in Girl Scout program that may be of a sensitive nature. As a volunteer leader, you must get written parental permission for any locally planned program offering that could be considered sensitive. Included on the permission form should be the topic of the activity, any specific content that might create controversy, and any action steps the girls will take when the activity is complete. Be sure to have a form for each girl, and keep the forms on hand in case a problem arises. For activities not sponsored by Girl Scouts, find out in advance (from organizers or other volunteers who may be familiar with the content) what will be presented, and follow your council’s guidelines for obtaining written permission.

Learn more: 

Volunteer Essentials: When Sensitive Topics Come Up, page 59-60

Contact Melissa Bruney, Director of Membership at MBruney@nmgirlscouts.org