Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $178,870)
With these funds The Girl Scouts of the USA will implement VIVA, a Hispanic volunteer recruitment and development model, at two Girl Scout councils, New Mexico Trails in New Mexico, and Rio Grande in Texas. The goal of this project is to improve Hispanic adult volunteer recruitment, training, retention and management strategies and Hispanic community cultivation at the two councils, to increase Hispanic girl and adult membership. Specifically, this project will:
1. Develop each council's volunteer management system to increase their capacity to recruit, train and retain Hispanic adult volunteers.
2. Increase the Hispanic adult volunteer pool to ensure that Hispanic girls have access to volunteers who understand and relate to their cultural backgrounds.
3. Train Hispanic adults to enable them to participate in all aspects of Girl Scouting i.e. from providing direct services to girls, to serving as board members, to encourage them to become stakeholders.
4. Train Hispanic volunteers to cultivate their local communities to become grassroots advocates for Girl Scouting.