This week we welcomed back 28 high school Girl Scouts who have returned from North Carolina, where they visited five public and private historically black colleges and universities. On their trip they had an opportunity to interview with admissions counselors and apply for these schools as well as visit several significant sites of the civil rights movement. Many of the students will be the first in their families to pursue post-secondary education.
All the girls who went on this trip participate in ConnectZ, a program designed for Girl Scouts from diverse backgrounds. This is the 13th year ConnectZ Girl Scouts have attended the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Girl Tour.
“Having the girls consider leaving the Midwest for school is a very significant step. But the tour also allows the students to see other young people who look like them actively pursuing higher education with career aspirations. It gives them more confidence that they can do it to,” said Carolyn Gates, HBCU Tour Chaperone and Girl Scouts River Valleys Community Partnership Manager.
To learn more about the impact this tour has on the students, we invite you to watch the short documentary produced during the 2013 trip.
Listen to ConnectZ Girl Scout, Sydnee Brown, and Carolyn Gates talk in more detail about their trip with Tom Crann of Minnesota Public Radio: mprnews.org/story/2015/04/07/girl-scouts.