Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, Inc.

Birmingham, AL   |  www.girlscoutsnca.org

Mission

Girl Scout Mission: Building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Ruling year info

1975

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Karen Peterlin

Main address

105 Heatherbrooke Park Dr

Birmingham, AL 35242 USA

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EIN

63-0288834

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Girl Scouts (O42)

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Our programs

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Innovative Program Delivery includes: Cadette Clubs that meet during the school day at 8 middle schools; Programming offered in 17 area public housing communities and after-school initiatives in 10 Public Libraries for otherwise unsupervised girls. Our Math and Science Fair offers hand-on activities to educate and challenge over 500 girl participants each year. We provide exceptional outdoor education programs to over 16,000 children annually via two camp properties. Again this summer, we will provide a traveling day camp for girls at 14 area housing communities. All of this is in addition to our work with girls in more than 600 volunteer-led troops throughout 7 counties.

Population(s) Served

Girl Scouts introduces girls of every age to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities that are relevant to everyday life. Whether they’re discovering how a car engine runs, being CSI agents, studying the stars and planets, becoming math whizzes, or learning about careers in STEM fields, girls are moving into the future. They can host science fairs, design Web sites, plan for space exploration, discover the field of meteorology, visit geological sites, and more. Women represent 46% of the total workforce, but only 25% are in technology fields. Early interest in science, math, technology, and engineering is critical to girls’ success in these subjects. Our STEM Initiative encourages girls to push boundaries, test their limits, and investigate the world around them while introducing the idea that they too can become the scientists, engineers, doctors, and astronauts of tomorrow!

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GSNCA is committed to preparing girls for a successful adult life, and a fundamental component of our program is financial literacy. Financial literacy can help girls set financial goals and gain the confidence they need to ultimately take control of their own financial future. Whether it's learning to count money, balance a checkbook or play the stock market, Girl Scouts will learn to prepare for their future. Financial literacy can also help all girls set financial goals and gain the confidence they need to ultimately take control of their own financial future. By developing money management skills early in life, girls learn how to increase their income, become responsible consumers, create a budget, build and manage credit, and save and invest for whatever's next.

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Many activities, including the camp experience, are designed to give Girl Scouts opportunities to learn the importance of nature and the environment and to recognize their personal stewardship responsibilities. Through hands-on and field experiences, girls can build personal skills, confidence, team building, investigate careers and perform community service through projects and activities that benefit the environment and the Earth’s limited resources. Outdoor education activities are carried out in outdoor settings and are an important part of Girl Scout program for each age level. Desirable outcomes include enhanced understanding and skill development; increased awareness and understanding of the human interrelationships with the environment; and development of outdoor recreation interests and skills for creative use of leisure time with minimum impact to the environment.

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GSNCA promotes healthy living through a variety of programs that focus on wellness, health issues and physical activities. These special programs including “Seed 2 Plate” and “My Body/Fun & Fit” promote values and habits to help prevent adolescent pitfalls such as eating disorders, substance abuse, and promiscuity. Each Girl Scout program is age-appropriate and set in an environment where all girls, from Daisies age 5 to Ambassadors age 17, are challenged and mentored with the help of experienced adult volunteers. GSNCA encourages girls to get up, get out, and stay active which will help build the groundwork to carry healthy choices into adulthood!

Population(s) Served

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience develops girls into confident leaders by promoting responsibility, self-discipline, listening skills, teamwork, and the ability to direct and delegate. In Girl Scouts, leadership is not just about building future leaders, but about building girl leaders for today. Through this program, Girl Scouts in North-Central Alabama discover their values, skills, and the world around them; connect with others in a multicultural environment; and take action to make a positive difference in the lives of others. The Leadership Experience incorporates the processes of Girl-Led, Cooperative Learning, and Learning by Doing. As part of our Girl Scout Leadership Experience, we are proud that our girls engage in activities that give back to the community, like the development of initiatives that address needs in the community. Courtney, of Birmingham, started a swim safety campaign in partnership with FOX 6 News in Birmingham. This is just one of the many success stories!

Population(s) Served

Recently, the Corporation for National and Community service assigned seven AmeriCorps VISTA members to help launch the ToGetHerThere initiative throughout our council service area. These young ladies will help transform the leadership landscape for girls in Alabama by motivating adult members of society – individuals, corporations, governments and like-minded organizations – to join GSNCA’s ToGetHerThere campaign aimed at developing the leaders of tomorrow.

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Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2013

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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-To reach more girls by expanding opportunities to access our high-quality programs ultimately changing lives.
-To help girls identify their unique talents and to tap into their interests to become the leader she wants to be.
-To strengthen their skills by providing them opportunities needed to excel, exceed and lead.
-To help girls gain the confidence they will need to succeed by practicing to be leaders and entrepreneurs.
-To break down the societal barriers hindering girls from leading and achieving success in everything from technology and science to business and industry.
-To build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place!

Through community partnerships and the work of our adult volunteers, we provide core programming that teaches girls to discover their values, skills, and the world around them; connect with others in a multicultural environment; and take action to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Our primary program areas include outdoor experiences, financial literacy, healthy living, STEM and leadership development. The curriculum we currently use primarily comes from Girl Scouts USA.

With more than 7,000 adult volunteers living in our 36 county council service area we are equipped with a diverse pool of talent and backgrounds that provide excellent mentors and presentations for our girls.

Although we've served hundreds of thousands of girls since 1917 we still have much work to be done. Alabama has a large underserved population of girls ages 5 to 17 that cannot afford to participate in traditional girl scout troops and membership. By increasing local funding partners our goal is to ensure that every girl has an opportunity to be a part of Girl Scouts and to participate in the various programs we offer. We call this our ToGetHerThere Alabama initiative!

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Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Pam Copeland


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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes