Crossroads of America Council, BSA
Crossroads of America Council, BSA
Studies prove, and parents agree, that Scouting helps young people become more kind, helpful and prepared for life, and as long as those values remain important to our society, Scouting will continue to be invaluable to our nations youth. We are committed to ensuring that Scouting reaches even more youth and families — from all backgrounds — as we look to prepare the next generations of leaders. The Latino Initiative is a comprehensive campaign by Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America, meant to serve Hispanic or Latino families and youth from low-income communities throughout Central Indiana so they may participate in Scoutings youth development programs that: strengthen values, develop leadership skills, provide lifelong learning and instill the habit of service to others. Our Council Strategic plan includes specific targets in our Latino Initiative, ultimately providing Scout programs to an increasing number of Hispanic or Latino youth, and providing organizational support structures and systems to identify opportunities and overcome barriers to ensure long-term sustainability and continuous growth of programs. Our Latino Initiative addresses some of the biggest challenges Scouters face when recruiting in the Hispanic or Latino communities, including: * Limited Scouting family legacy * Lack of financial resources * Language barriers To overcome these challenges, the Latino Initiative addresses ways to implement these solutions: * Working with faith-based Hispanic or Latino American organizations for new-unit growth, youth membership, and volunteer recruitment. * Marketing to our Hispanic or Latino American families, including collateral in Spanish. * Enhancing staff recruitment for full-time, part-time and summer camp staff to increase employee retention and fully connect with the communities we serve. * Capturing and sharing successful Scouting best methods and approaches in the Hispanic or Latino American community with other Scout councils. The Crossroads of America Council develops, tests, and shares data and program information with Scout councils throughout the country so others can benefit from what we learn. Many of our staff have been and continue to be asked to present at Scout conferences and webinars providing training and resources so success can be achieved more efficiently beyond Central Indiana. Through the continued support of the Thomas J & Marjorie Gray Foundation, an increasing number and percentage of Hispanic and Latino young people will experience through Scouting: youth develop, academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives. This lays the foundation for future generations of Hispanic and Latino families to benefit from Scouting programs.
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