Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas

San Antonio, TX   |  www.girlscouts-swtx.org

Mission

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Ruling year info

1937

Chief Executive Officer

Angela Salinas

Main address

811 N Coker Loop

San Antonio, TX 78216 USA

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Formerly known as

San Antonio Area Council of Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of San Antonio Area

EIN

74-1109759

NTEE code info

Girl Scouts (O42)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Girl Scout In School Program

While a troop has long been the traditional form of serving girls in Girl Scouts, many girls cannot participate due to barriers such as lack of transportation, family finances or circumstances.  In recent years, the Girl Scout organization has set as one of its goals the implementation of its leadership program in places where girls are, reaching them during the school day, after school, in shelters and in public housing sites. One way is through the Girl Scout In School Program.

The Girl Scout In School groups meet once or twice a month by grade level during a designated class period.  The program is based on Girl Scout program goals and the Texas Education Agency curriculum requirements.  Activities are designed to help girls resist pressures that could result in substance abuse, criminal behavior, membership in gangs, teen pregnancy and lack of effective life skills. Schools served in this way are in low socio-economic areas where there is no history of Girl Scouts and where it has been difficult to sustain adult volunteers for troop leadership including gangs, drugs, teen suicides, illiteracy, juvenile delinquency, homelessness, poverty and disruptive, dysfunctional families.  Through Girl Scouting, each girl is given an opportunity to develop self-esteem, self-reliance, leadership abilities and teamwork skills in a way that is both fun and safe.

The Girl Scout In School Program serves sites in multiple school districts, including Edgewood ISD, Southwest ISD, Harlandale ISD, Northside ISD, and San Antonio ISD.  These San Antonio districts face some of the toughest challenges of high juvenile probation and dropout rates while serving students and their families who are often economically disadvantaged and in crisis. Of the girls served through the Girl Scout In School Program, 95% are Hispanic, 3% White and 2% African American.

Support is needed to deliver this unique program to girls and to improve the learning experience by providing every girl program workbooks and earned awards, as well as leadership opportunities outside the school day.

Population(s) Served

Girls push boundaries, test limits, and look at the world around them with inquisitive eyes. They are natural scientists! Girl Scouts introduces girls of every age to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities that are relevant to everyday life. The STEM Lab at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center (WSGSLC) is open to girls, grades K-12, year-round including most Saturdays during the school year and with extended summer hours. The STEM Lab is facilitated by Girl Scout program specialists to offer comprehensive STEM-based learning opportunities to girls in San Antonio’s West side communities.
Features of the STEM Lab include specialized science tables, microscopes, a telescope, eye-wash station, a smart board, and more to offer girls hands-on activities in STEM focus areas. The purpose of STEM Lab programming is to increase girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math through fun activities while supplementing the limited STEM opportunities available in area schools for all girls.
The STEM Lab also features STEM program kits, so girls meeting outside the west side center can benefit from the resources located in the STEM Lab. Through these kits, girls can complete fun, age-appropriate STEM activities. Some will be specially designed so girls can earn recognition badges and patches like those available through GSSWT's business partners. These kits are available for staff and volunteers to utilize through a library type check-out system to deliver STEM programming to girls in and outside the west side center. Program kits will contain adaptable curriculum and can be used once or over a series of meetings or camp days, providing enriching activities for Girl Scouts in a variety of settings. Included are guide booklets to walk volunteers through the activities, so girls receive thorough instruction in topics such as astronomy, geology, chemistry, forensics and robotics.

Population(s) Served

The Gamma Sigma program combines the proven outcomes of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience with a college "sorority-type” setting, targeting middle and high school girls who have a limited history of Girl Scouts in their family or community. The program brings girls together through the bond of sisterhood and allows them to explore common interests in a safe space. Gamma Sigma teens choose to focus on projects in three key areas: college readiness, advocacy and volunteer service. By offering the program at both middle and high school campuses, GSSWT is able to offer a continuum of services throughout a girl’s time in middle school and high school to produce results leading to increases in high school completion and preparation for college or vocational training options.
Gamma Sigma Girls® serve as ambassadors and role models on the respective high school campuses and throughout their school districts. Many Gamma Sigma Girls® chapters create workshops to share information learned throughout their activities with other peers who are not enrolled in the program. Gamma Sigma Girls® are also taking on a new role as mentors for girls enrolled in our middle school program, Gamma Sigma Pearls. Gamma Sigma Girls® are rising as leaders throughout our community.
The program currently reaches nearly 2,000 middle and high school girls in Edgewood, Harlandale, Northside, San Antonio, Southwest, and Uvalde Consolidated independent school districts.

Population(s) Served

Opened in October 2012, the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center in Edgewood Independent School District has innovatively repurposed the vacant Coronado/Escobar Elementary School campus (78237) as a center for holistic family services for those living in Edgewood and the surrounding school districts of East Central, Fort Sam Houston, Harlandale, Lackland, Northside, San Antonio, Southside, Southwest and South San Antonio independent school districts. Girls and adults residing in our western counties also receive services at the center. The location of the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center is critical to the Edgewood ISD community as the areas immediately surrounding the center demonstrate significantly high rates of teen pregnancy, school dropouts and youth substance abuse, which can be primarily attributed to unsupervised time before and after school. The West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center was established by Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT) in partnership with Edgewood ISD and Westside Development Corp. to meet a void in available services to girls and their families in the area. In 2012, Edgewood ISD officials closed the Coronado/Escobar Elementary School, which sits on a 6.76-acre campus at 5622 W. César E. Chávez Blvd., as part of a consolidation effort after the legislature cut statewide public school funding by $5.4 billion. GSSWT now occupies the first floor of the building including its cafeteria and gymnasium. The center represents a major expansion and a five-year multi-million dollar investment on the west side. The center includes a STEM Lab, the Girl Genius after-school tutoring program, a volunteer resource center and rooms for each membership level from Girl Scout Daisies (grades K-1) to teens. Caregivers benefit from a wide array of adult learning courses in topics such as financial literacy, parenting styles and communication.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation 2010

Awards

ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award 2010

North Chamber Enterprising Women's Conference

DiversityFIRST™ Award 2011

Texas Diversity Council

Excellence Award 2000

San Antonio Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development

WaterSaver Too Award 2008

San Antonio Water System

Alliance Award Finalist 2009

FIRST® Tech Challenge

Commercial Construction – Honorable Mention 2009

City of San Antonio Green Building Awards

1st Place Teamwork 2010

Central Texas FIRST® LEGO® League

1st Place Teamwork 2011

Central Texas FIRST® LEGO® League

Pacesetter Award 2012

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

Pacesetter Award 2011

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

Pacesetter Award 2010

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

Pacesetter Award 2009

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

Pacesetter Award 2008

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

Pacesetter Award 2007

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

Pacesetter Award 2006

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

Pacesetter Award 2005

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

Affiliations & memberships

American Camp Association - Member 2010

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 2010

Financials

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Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas

Board of directors
as of 1/21/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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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
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in 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
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No