For the third consecutive year, Maritz has increased its charitable support of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s Project Anti-Violence Education program. This year, Girl Scouts will receive $15,000.
PAVE educates, empowers and assists youth in understanding and dealing with aggression and violence, teaches healthy relationship skills and fosters strong and confident leaders. Girl Scout staff members facilitate the program and it is available free-of-charge to boys and girls in area K-12 schools. New this year, PAVE now includes a youth mentorship model where high school youth will act as agents of change in their schools and teach the PAVE curriculum to elementary school students.
In Missouri, 55 percent of girls are likely to skip school because they feel unsafe. Bullying victimization is a significant social problem and can manifest with symptoms like difficulty concentrating, physical illnesses and even suicide.