Date: October 12, 2017
Subject: Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas Press Release
Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas is proud to serve over 21,000 girls and adult volunteers throughout the council’s 26 counties in the South Texas area. We remain committed to and believe strongly in the importance of the all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment that Girl Scouts provides, which creates a necessary safe space for girls to learn and thrive. The benefit of this type of girl-centered environment has been well-documented by educators, scholars, and other girl- and youth-serving organizations, as well as Girl Scouts themselves.
Studies have shown that there are proven benefits to single gender programs and learning. Single gender environments provide opportunities for girls to build confidence. Single gender environments are beneficial for girls during transition periods of development (such as middle school) creating a “safe space” for girls to explore and pursue STEM subjects and in physical education and sports. In girl-only settings, girls feel free to talk about issues they wouldn’t necessarily talk about with boys, try out new activities without fear and experience less pressure to act or look a certain way.