CIRI in the Community

Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall strikes a pose with Girl Scouts from Troop 1002. Photo courtesy of GSAK.

Girl Scouts of Alaska Leadership Luncheon

With the goal of building girls of courage, confidence and character, Girl Scouts of Alaska (GSAK) is the preeminent leadership development program for girls in grades K-12. Through activities such as troop membership, camps, outdoor education, workshops and events, girls develop the character traits they need to grow into successful adults.

GSAK is committed to breaking the leadership barrier for girls of all backgrounds. With the help of 1,500 adult volunteers, the organization serves 5,000 girls who live in 90 communities both urban and rural. Thirty-seven percent live off the road system and 40 percent receive financial assistance. More than 30 percent of girls served by GSAK identify as Alaska Native.

In 2014, GSAK was the recipient of funds from the CIRI Golf Classic. CIRI is also a longtime sponsor of the organization’s annual Leadership Luncheon, which raises funds for programs like Women of Science and Technology Day, Title 1 after-school programs and camp scholarships. (Title 1 schools receive supplementary funding to improve academic achievement for low-income students. To qualify, a school must have a certain percentage of students in its attendance area who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.)

The 2018 GSAK Leadership Luncheon was held April 24 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. Nearly 400 attendees learned about the incredible work Girl Scouts are doing in our communities. Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall served as guest speaker.

“Girl Scouts of Alaska provides an inclusive environment where girls can develop strength of character and confidence,” said CIRI Community Relations Manager Rachel Batres. “CIRI is proud to support an organization whose focus is on supporting and protecting girls, developing their leadership abilities and giving them a safe, nurturing environment where they can thrive.”

For more information on Girl Scouts of Alaska, including a 2018 summer camp schedule, visit www.girlscoutsalaska.org.