Youth Development

Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri

  • Kansas City, MO
  • www.gsksmo.org

Mission Statement

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

Main Programs

  1. Girl Scouting in NE Kansas & NW Missouri
  2. Girl Scout Outreach Program for Troops Kansas City's Underserved Communities
  3. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Programs
  4. Girl Scout Outdoor Adventure & Learning

service areas

Missouri

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ruling year

1968

Principal Officer since 2013

Ms. Joy Wheeler

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Keywords

Girl Scouts, Girls, STEM, Leadership, girlscouts

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EIN

43-0892926

 Number

7928753064

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Girl Scouts (O42)

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

Joy Wheeler, CEO leads the organization around its four key priorities (below) that support our winning proposition, ""Girl Scouts will engage and support adults who empower girls to invent their dreams.""Pathways: Girls are engaged and retained through outstanding delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience via the troop pathway (grades K-5) and development of series pathways (grades 4-5).Human Resources: Attract, recruit, develop and retain adults who can deliver on our winning proposition.Funding: Diverse revenue streams are identified and developed to meet funding needs, and underwrite innovation and growth.Engagement: Build strong relationship with volunteers, donors and community leaders too advance Girl Scouting.As part of our funding goal, we are moving philanthropy from 10 to 30%, this past year we are seeing just over 20% in philanthropy. Our accomplishments for the past year include moving adult volunteer retention from 54% to 65%. When volunteers are supported, they return and thus girls stay active. We increased STEM opportunities for girls through increased community partner programs, Spark events (girls attend events at STEM companies led by female role models) and training for adult volunteers to lead STEM in the troop setting. And finally, we saw increased attendance in summer outdoor programming with resident, family and female caregiver / girl sessions.

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 Scouting in NE Kansas & NW Missouri

Girl Scouting, delivered by trained volunteer mentors, promotes cooperation and team building; offers girls a safe place to gain practical life skills in financial literacy, science, technology, engineering, math, healthy living and more; and, encourages and empower girls to develop positive values.There are three main ways a girl participates in Girl Scouts: Volunteer-Led Troops meet with the same group of girls throughout the school year; Outreach Programming supports girls in underserved communities to be Girl Scouts; and Outdoor Adventure and Learning at Girl Scout camps. Our leadership development curriculum is designed to help girls become leaders, build confidence, and solve problems in their communities. Activities are girl-led and encourage cooperative learning and learning by doing. Our iconic skill-based badges offer girls the chance to try new things and develop specific skills, from public policy to cooking healthy meals, geocaching to inventing to staying fit.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Budget

$8,543,916

Population Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program 2

Girl Scout Outreach Program for Troops Kansas City's Underserved Communities

Our Outreach Program makes it possible for 1,200 girls in underserved communities in Kansas City to realize the Girl Scout mission: to become girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girls participate in the same program as volunteer-led troops; however their troops are led by paid part-time staff, eliminating the possibility that these girls are not served due to volunteer shortage. Community support of this program is very important and enables us to help girls develop their full potential, build important life skills, and contribute to the improvement of our community. The cost to participate in the program and receive her book, sash and membership dues is fully underwritten for each girl. We strive to ensure that girls in the Girl Scout Outreach Program have the same high-quality programming and experiences as all Girl Scouts, including leadership skill building, exposure to STEM, Financial Literacy, and outdoor adventure activities.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Budget

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program 3

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Programs

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program helps girls discover their potential, develop critical thinking skills, see STEM areas as accessible options for career pathways, and discover their potential through hands-on, inquiry-based learning on a wide variety of STEM topics such as aerospace, digital photography, forensic science, and exploring wetlands. The program integrates the leadership development outcomes of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, engaging girls in three key areas of leadership - girls discover themselves; connect with others; and take action to make the world a better place. In addition, all learning in STEM programs uses the Girl Scout processes, which ensures that activities are girl-led, learning is cooperative, and that girls learn by doing. The STEM programs offer community partnerships, volunteer-led programs, and core program materials such as the Girl Scout journey, It's Your Planet—Love It!, which is environmentally focused and has activities for all ages, lasting for ten to twelve troop meetings.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Budget

Population Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Program 4

Girl Scout Outdoor Adventure & Learning

Girl Scout Outdoor Experiences and Camp allows girls the opportunity to discover their natural world, understand the science behind nature and become strong environmental stewards. Five area camp properties of over 1,200 acres total host over 2,000 resident campers, 7,000 day campers, and 22,000 weekend and adventure participants annually. Featured activities include rapelling, ziplining, climbing, horseback riding, archery, canoeing, hiking, swimming, sports, etc.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Budget

Population Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

service areas

Missouri

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Funding Needs

Increase organizational capacity to provide the highest quality program for the greatest number of girls. Increase donor funding for direct-service programming in Kansas City's urban core.Upgrade existing technology to ensure security and usability of internal systems and external website. Diversify funding sources for decreased reliance on annual product sales.Increase the number of volunteers who want to be adult role models for girls.

Affiliations + Memberships

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

Accreditations

American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation

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Financials

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Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri Inc
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Joy Wheeler

BIO

Joy Wheeler is an incredible professional with vast experience in for profit and non-profit leadership. Prior to joining Girl Scouts, first as interim CEO in April 2013 then becoming permanent CEO in September, She has an extensive healthcare leadership background and serves on many boards making her well connected in our council's jurisdiction.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"One girl makes a difference; girls together are changing the world. It is with this in mind that Girl Scouts provides a place for girls to build their leadership skills. Our Girl Scouts provide thousands of hours supporting their communities from organizing collection drives for local food pantries to making sure troops overseas have a taste of home with special care packages. Girl Scouts making a difference today and into the future is the core of our mission.Girl Scout alumnae are the proof of the impact Girl Scouts have on girls. Eighty percent of women business owners were Girl Scouts, sixty-nine percent of female U.S. senators were Girl Scouts and virtually every female astronaut who has flown in space was a Girl Scout. America's most accomplished women in public service, business, science, education, the arts, and community life are Girl Scout alumnae.Through Girl Scouts, girls develop their leadership potential by participating in activities that enable them to discover their values, skills, and the world around them; connect with others in a multicultural environment; and take action to make a difference in the world. Girls can participate individually or in a troop setting through diverse program opportunities including camping (day, troop and resident), challenge (archery, ziplining and rappelling), equestrian, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and other skill-building activities.A Girl Scout's journey is made possible with support from committed parents, adult volunteers, and community donors. Thank you for your past support. We hope you will join us as we embark on the next 100 years of Girl Scouting."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Matt Filing

Lockton Companies

Term: Apr 2015 - Apr 2017

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