Youth Development

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys Inc

  • Saint Paul, MN
  • www.girlscoutsrv.org

Mission Statement

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

Main Programs

  1. Girl Scout Leadership Experience
  2. ConnectZ
  3. Outdoor Program

service areas

Minnesota

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Areas Served Narrative

River Valleys is the eighth largest Girl Scout council in the country, serving44,340 girls and 17,511 adults in 49 counties across southern Minnesota andwestern Wisconsin.

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ruling year

1945

Principal Officer since 2008

Ms Linda B. Keene

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Keywords

Girls, Inclusiveness, leadership, women, financial literacy, STEM, civic participation, community

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EIN

41-0693910

Also Known As

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Girl Scouts (O42)

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

Some of River Valleys’ highlights for fiscal year 2011 include:An increase in girl membership of 1.1%, higher than the national average.Record-setting cookie sales of nearly 5.4 million packages, establishing River Valleys' girls as the top cookie sellers in the country.

Significant progress in planning and fundraising for Girl Scouts' 100th Anniversary in 2012, including welcoming brand new community partners to the team.

The launch of the Girl Scouts ConnectZ program, which will increase access for girls from low-income and diverse communities and change the face of River Valleys to better serve and represent our community.

Programs

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

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Program 1

Girl Scout Leadership Experience

The GSLE is a dynamic leadership development model developed by Girl Scouts of the USA in response to the findings of their 2008 research report Change It Up!: What Girls Say About Redefining Leadershiengaging girls to discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to change the world.

Studies have shown that girls prefer leadership opportunities that let them learn by doing, and learn in a grouconnect with others, and take action to make the world a better place.

The model of shared leadership is the one girls seem to like best—and it’s the model Girl Scouts embraces, too. We encourage girls to plan activities and initiatives, so they can see how their actions impact the lives of others.

Girl Scouting helps girls:

Discover themselves
Connect with others
Take action, both locally and globally

Category

Youth Development

Budget

$4,600,000.00

Population Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Program 2

ConnectZ

Girl Scouts ConnectZ is partnering with schools, community facilities, and the MN Alliance with Youth to reach over 4,000 low-income girls who have not traditionally had access to Girl Scouting.  Girl Scouts ConnectZ serves girls in grades 5-12 to close the learning achievement gap in school, ensure more girls reach post-secondary potential, and provide girls with fun, challenging activities that round out their lives. Girls who participate in Girl Scouts ConnectZ will receive programming in: healthy relations, self-esteem, college readiness, career readiness, financial literacy, leadership development, service learning, and outdoor experience.  The Girl Scout ConnectZ program cost is$250 per girl. We are currently seeking funding to fill the remaining financial gap. Your gift will ensure that these girls have access to this exciting opportunity.

Category

Youth Development

Budget

$1,000,000.00

Population Served

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Program 3

Outdoor Program

Through Girl Scouting, girls see the earth as their home. We focus on care, conservation, and responsibility to ensure the safety of our planet for future generations.

Girls develop outdoor awareness by:

going to camp
learning about the environment
participating in Forever Green, our councilwide Take Action Project
working towards awards focused on outdoor education

Girl Scout summer camp is all about trying new things, meeting new friends, and having fun. All girls in grades kindergarten through 12 are welcome — no Girl Scout experience necessary!

Every girl has different interests, and camp is the perfect place for her to find new interests or become more knowledgeable in the ones she already has. 

Camp activities include:

Games, songs, dance, and drama
Horseback riding
Canoeing, swimming, and boating
Journaling, arts, and crafts
Outdoor skills
Shopping at the camp store

Category

Youth Development

Budget

$2,200,000.00

Population Served

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)

service areas

Minnesota

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Areas Served Narrative

River Valleys is the eighth largest Girl Scout council in the country, serving44,340 girls and 17,511 adults in 49 counties across southern Minnesota andwestern Wisconsin.

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Affiliations + Memberships

United Way Member Agency

Accreditations

American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation

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GIRLSCOUTS OF MN AND WI RIVER VALLEYS INC
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms Linda B. Keene

BIO

Linda Keene joined Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys as its new chief executive officer, effective February 4, 2008. In her role, Ms. Keene provides vision and leadership to continue the integration of five legacy Councils into a high capacity organization. She came to River Valleys after a distinguished career in the consumer packaged goods, financial services and publishing industries and nearly 14 years as a corporate board director.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Girl Scouts has a bright future that is reflected in River Valleys’ year-end numbers, our programming and in our vigorous approach to bringing Girl Scouts to girls who lack leadership opportunities. After four years of hard work, we have emerged from realignment a strong council with a focus on bringing Girl Scouting to all girls in our 49-county region.


As we look forward to this momentous year, we are excited by the possibilities and are firm in our resolve to offer girls the relevant, balanced and leadership-building experiences they need to grow into strong women.

None of this would be possible without the support and dedication of our members, volunteers, benefactors and community partners. On behalf of the entire River Valleys’ organization, thank you for choosing to be champions of girls.

 



Yours in Girl Scouting,

Phyllis A. Willerscheidt, Board Chair

Linda B. Kenne, Chief Executive Officer"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Debra Wilkinson

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Term: Jan 2012 - Jan 2014

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