Special to the Bulletin

The Texas Youth Commission (TYC) and the Central Texas Girl Scout Council have agreed to continue Girl Scouts Beyond Bars-Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration at the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex for a second year, officials have announced.

Several TYC staff and two youth attended a recent meeting at the Central Texas Girl Scout Council headquarters in Austin to evaluate the success of the first year and set goals for the upcoming year.

The Girl Scouts gives TYC female youth the opportunity to increase self-esteem and confidence, and build character and skills that enable them to make responsible choices, a TYC spokeswoman said. One project for the upcoming year will be enhanced visitation. Girl Scout daughters and their mothers will meet monthly to participate in activities that encourage trust building, teamwork, communication, positive parenting, career planning and rebuilding family relationships. The Central Texas Girl Scout Council shows its dedication to breaking the intergenerational cycle of incarceration through the Beyond Bars project.

Members of the Brownwood community can get involved by volunteering to be a Girl Scout leader or co-leader, or general campus volunteer. Additionally, the Community Resource Council, a non-profit group of volunteers dedicated to helping all girls at the Ron Jackson campus, accepts tax-deductible donations that are used to purchase supplies and to help mothers travel to Brownwood to participate in their daughters’ rehabilitation.

For more information, call Penny Riggs at (325) 641-4240.