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Collaborator Spotlight Sep 15

Girls Who Make the World a Better Place 
Collaborator Spotlight: Christina Castro, Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana

Christina Castro is a lifetime Girl Scouts member. For her, it began in the second grade as a Brownie. When her sister became a member in the fourth grade, Christina, then in her twenties, became a volunteer leader. Passionate for the Girl Scouts’ mission, she became a staff member and has enjoyed every moment of her fourteen years with the organization. Looking to grow both the Girl Scouts’ community collaborations and have a greater impact for girls in the area, Christina forged a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor.
Club programs like SMART Girls work in perfect harmony with Christina’s work. In her role as a pathway specialist for the Girls Scouts, Christina develops and implements curriculum for girls’ events ranging from issues about self-esteem, anti-bullying, Girl Scouts basics, art and environmental topics. After three years at the Northern Indiana-Michiana council, Christina has made significant progress in increasing collaborations like those with the Clubs. 

She finds her work in the Benton Harbor area particularly fulfilling. “Working hands on with girls in my home community is especially rewarding for me,” said Castro. “I live in Benton Harbor and enjoy the opportunity to give back as an active participant. I especially love when I encounter girls at the grocery store, or church or a restaurant and they come running up to me thanking me for helping them overcome whatever challenges they were dealing with at the time.” 

Working collaboratively, the Clubs’ SMART Girls program and the Girls Scouts are empowering female members, from young children to teens. 

“I think that the Girl Scouts’ mission of ‘building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place,’ is a perfect fit with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor,” said Castro. “Over the years, there have been many conversations with girls of all ages about their fears and lack of confidence. After working with the girls over a 6–8 week period, they showed an increase in being comfortable with themselves and their surroundings and an understanding of how they can make a difference in their community.”
 
The Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.

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