The Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Story:
The Wait is Over

Melly, Arianna, and Aaliyah clung to their mothers as they sobbed their good-byes during the first meeting of Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB). This new and transfor- mative program is dedicated to strengthening relationships between incarcerated mothers and their daughters while reinforcing life skills to ensure girls make positive life decisions.

GSHPA’s partnership with the York County Prison and start up support from York County United Way helped strengthen the bond between incarcerated mothers and their daughters in just one morning.

Mothers and daughters spent the morning at the Girl Scout office practicing positive communication skills, building life skills and reconnecting. At the end of the meeting the girls, not even 10 years old, wiped away their tears, refusing to let the moment end as they watched their mothers’ transport leave to return to prison.

The goodbye was difficult, but the girls were filled with hope. They started looking forward to a future filled with Girl Scout meetings, discovering the Girl Scout Cookie Program, exploring fun-adventures at camp, and finding ways to become a leader every day.

Jackmary asked her daughter Melly what she believed in. In a quiet voice, Melly looked into her mother’s eyes and said, ‘I believe in you.’