November 2009 - Dove's® "Thank You for Making a Difference" campaign, which recognizes the Girl Scouts for their efforts in encouraging girls to become self-confident leaders, has awarded your local council with a grant. This grant is funding the uniquely ME! Program for 7,500 local middle school and high school Girl Scouts until July 2010.

The uniquely ME! Program conveys healthy habits, positive ideas, the importance of being active, how to deal with stress and the significance of friends, which will empower girls to be leaders of their communities. Girl Scouts of the USA has partnered with Dove® to combat the nationwide problem of low self-esteem among adolescent and preadolescent girls.

Your local Girl Scout Council,Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, created over 130 activity boxes with supplies and curriculum for the uniquely ME! Program. These activity boxes were made for Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4th and 5th), Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6th - 8th) and Girl Scout Senior and Ambassador (High School) with uniquely ME! curriculum and supplies. The cost of materials, curriculum, site fees and staff to run the uniquely ME! program is completely covered by the grant. Activity boxes are being used council wide and requests to refill the boxes have already been made by.

"Our goal with the uniquely ME! program is to allow girls to explore their own personalities, develop self-confidence and leadership skills, learn to share with others, and express themselves - all this will guide them to a successful future and give them self-acknowledgement that they are the leaders of tomorrow," said Girl Scouts Heart of Central California's Assistant Vice President of Program and Adult Development Liz Williams.

According to research done by the Girl Scout Research Institute, self-esteem and self-confidence are fundamental elements girls need to become leaders. Girl Scouts are women leaders in America and have built women of courage, confidence and character for the last 97 years.

According to Girl Scouts of the USA:
68% of the women in the U.S. Congress were Girl Scouts.
82% of high achieving Girl Scout Alumnae believe that Girl Scouting influenced their success.
64% of the "Who's Who" women in America such as Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Sandra Day O'Connor, Katie Couric were Girl Scouts.
53% of all women business owners are Girl Scout Alumnae.

About Girl Scouts Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts is still the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. The local council, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California is headquartered in Rancho Cordova and serves nearly 29,000 girls in 18 counties* in Central California. For more information, visit www.girlscoutshcc.org.

* Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Mariposa, Merced, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba.

For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, call 1-800-322-GIRL or click here to visit out Web site.