Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB)

Girl Scouts of Central Texas aims to reach every girl, everywhere; especially including those negatively affected by the criminal justice system.  The Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Program (GSBB) seeks to break the cycle of intergenerational crime by providing support services, increased visitation and relationship building opportunities, and leadership programming to girls grades K-12 and their effected family members. GSBB provides programming to girls with an incarcerated mother in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) and female juveniles detained in county detention facilities.  

The GSBB program embraces the traditional Girl Scouting Mission: to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. GSBB empowers girls with the self-esteem necessary to succeed. Through mentoring relationships and innovative programs, GSBB members are taught necessary leadership, and self-sufficiency skills to break negative cycles and to create positive solutions and atmospheres. GSBB provides these therapeutic services to girls and their families within the 46 county footprint of the Girl Scouts of Central Texas council.  Highlighted below are some of the key objectives and services the program provides as well as others.

Program objectives include:

  • To reduce the trauma suffered by the family as a result of separation due to the parent or child’s incarceration.
  • To preserve the parent/child relationship during the incarceration/addiction treatment through visitation or therapeutic communication opportunities.
  • To reduce the likelihood that the daughters will participate in “at-risk” behavior by exposing them to enrichment programs which build character, leadership skills, self-esteem, social skills, and provide them with positive role models through mentoring.

Services include:

  • Individual mentoring with women in the community.
  • Individual counseling.
  • Monthly prison visits with activities and groups the mother and daughter participate in together.
  • Participation in traditional Girl Scouting activities such as earning badges, going to camp and selling girl scout cookies.

Mentor a girl

We are always looking for Mentors for our girls. Mentors should be at least 18 years old, be able to commit to one year, and must be able to pass a criminal background check. We require all mentors be registered Girl Scouts, and go through a formal interview process with the Program Staff. For more information contact Renese Johson.

Get Involved

Girl Scout programs heavily depend on committed community members for their success. We hope you'll support GSCTX and GSBB in any way you can. To volunteer or make a donation, please email our Uniquely Targeted or Fund Development Department.