Impact and Programs
River Valleys nurtures girl leaders, with consistently favorable results. Our Girl Scouts believe in themselves and their futures – in 2017, 95% of girls said that they have a bright future ahead of them. They are team builders and friends – 71% of girls say that in Girl Scouts, they learn by working with others. They are confident explorers – 82% of girls say they have confidence in themselves and their abilities. On all five of our Girl Scout Leadership Experience outcomes, River Valleys Girl Scouts met national Girl Scout standards. Girls also succeed in our 6 curriculum focus areas: Apply Science + Math Skills (90% of Girl Scouts STEM participants say that they would like to try science again); Live a Healthy and Creative Life (73% of Girl Scouts say that they act responsibly and show concern for others); Be a Good Citizen (2/3 of girls report that, through Girl Scouts, they help others and their community); Handle Money + Plan for the Future (in 2017, 20,495 girls participated in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, the largest girl-led entrepreneurship program in the world); Be Kind to Nature (50% of girls say that Girl Scouts provides them with opportunities to experience the outdoors that they would otherwise not have); and Be a Good Leader (82% of girls report having formed positive identities and values in Girl Scouts, which is vital when it comes to becoming confident and thoughtful leaders). Girl Scouts inspires girls to achieve their dreams, encourages them to be active members of society, and gives them opportunities to lead and succeed.
As Girl Scouts, girls in grades K-12 will develop leadership outcomes as they engage in our research-based, all-girl programming. Girls will participate within a network of friends, where they can feel confident while learning and exploring. We will measure the following leadership outcomes as indicators of programmatic success: strong sense of self (i.e. girls have confidence in themselves and their abilities, and form positive identities); positive values (i.e. girls act ethically, honestly, and responsibly, and show concern for others); challenge seeking (i.e. girls learn to take appropriate risks, try new things even if they might fail, and learn from mistakes); community problem solving (i.e. girls desire to contribute to the world in purposeful and meaningful ways, learn how to identify problems in the community, and create "action plans" to solve them); and healthy relationships (i.e. girls develop and maintain healthy relationships by communicating their feelings directly and resolving conflicts constructively).
Community or Constituency Served
In partnership with 12,500 adult members, 9,000 of whom are active volunteers, Girl Scouts River Valleys serves 30,000 girls in grades K-12 through a 49-county region that spans Minnesota (44), Wisconsin (4), and Iowa (1).
Geographic Area Served
Girl Scouts River Valleys serves 30,000 girls through a 49-county region that spans Minnesota (44), Wisconsin (4), and Iowa (1).