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Girl Scouting Beyond Bars Program

Since 1995 Rolling Hills Council has re-united girls and their incarcerated mothers to preserve their relationships under the guiding hands of the Girl Scout program, our funders, volunteers and staff.

In 1995, Girl Scouts of Rolling Hills Council pioneered Girl Scouting Beyond Bars (GSBB), a nationally recognized program targeting young women whose mothers are incarcerated at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clinton which is New Jersey's only correctional facility for women serving sentences of a year or more. Program participants come from Essex, Union and Mercer counties.

Girl Scouting Beyond Bars provides enhanced visitation for inmate mothers and their daughters ages 5 to 17, reducing the trauma of separation. Beyond exposing girls to Girl Scouting's traditional values and informal education, the program offers parenting skills for mothers. The program aims to enhance family bonds and give at-risk youth a better chance to beat the odds.

Since the program began in March of 1995, over 400 girls have participated. We initially served young women from Newark whose mothers were in minimum security. In 1996 we began serving girls from Plainfield, Trenton and the greater Newark area. The program was expanded to the maximum-security area of the facility in 1998, facilitating more participation and continuity for participants whose mothers are moved between the two security areas. Most recently, in 2006, the program began serving girls from Passaic and Camden Counties.

For more information about this innovative program, or to volunteer, contact at (908)725-1226.

Girl Scouts of Rolling Hills Council
1171 Route 28
North Branch, New Jersey 08876
Phone: 908-725-1226 Fax: 908-725-4933

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