Girl Scouts Beyond Bars
GSBB gives girls the chance to bond with close family members incarcerated at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, the only women’s prison in New Jersey. Our goal is to help decrease the impact of parental separation. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience we help nurture, and in some cases re-establish familial relationships, as well as help girls connect with one another for peer support. Girls enjoy traditional Girl Scout experiences during weekly troop meetings in their community. Monthly troop meetings take place at the prison, using a specialized curriculum that empowers both the girls and their incarcerated family members to make positive decisions about their future.