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Senator Mikulski Honored as a Girl Scout Champion
October 17, 2011, Connie L. Lindsey, Chair of the National Board of Directors for Girl Scouts, joined Girl Scouts of Central Maryland in honoring U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski for her outstanding commitment to Girl Scouts, notably her support for the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars and Girl Scouts in Detention Centers programs.
GSBB began in Central Maryland almost 20 years ago, and has grown into a national program with a presence in more than 30 states. This nationally acclaimed program has been featured in several documentaries, including Daughters Left Behind, produced by journalist Lisa Ling, and Troop 1500, directed by filmmaker Ellen Spiro. Girl Scouts of Central Maryland's Beyond Bars program provides regular visits between incarcerated mothers and their daughters through bi-monthly Girl Scout meetings at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup, Md. The goal of the program is to reduce recidivism and inter-generational incarceration; help reduce the trauma and loss girls experience from having an incarcerated parent; and help mothers and daughters stay connected through involvement in the program.
Senator Mikulski, a lifetime Girl Scout, has been a steadfast national supporter, ensuring funding for these important and life-changing programs.