girl scouts at djj

Girl Scouts at DJJ

The Metro Regional Youth Detention Center is the pilot site for Girl Scouts at the Department of Juvenile Justice. The first session was held on August 18, 2014 with DJJ staff trained as facilitators in the Girl Scouts' curriculum.

the girl scouts mission

Girl Scouts build girls of courage, confidence, and character. Each member of the Girl Scouts make the world a better place.

Projected Outcomes of Girl Scouts at DJJ

In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. This discovery is done through a myriad of enriching experiences such as skill-building and community service.

Via clinics, empowerment exercises, and cultural exchanges, girls grow courageous and strong. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential and helps them relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect. By developing values to guide their actions, Girl Scouts provide the foundation for sound decision making. Girl Scouts help to improve society by showcasing individual girl abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.


Read the latest news from Troop #965 from late 2015 at


Girl Scout Troop Meetings are conducted on the third and fourth Monday of each month. There are three staff members trained as troop leaders to facilitate meetings at Troop #965 at the Metro Regional Youth Detention Center. More Girl Scout Troops are planned in Department of Juvenile Justice facilities across Georgia.


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Troop Leaders Loronda C. Giddens, Sara Gardner, and Monique Brandenburg
3408 Covington Highway
Decatur, Georgia 30032

Phone: 404-508-6500
Sara Gardner
Monique Brandenburg



Founder Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout Troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia.

Girl Scouts of the USA was chartered by the U.S. Congress on March 16, 1950.

Today, there are 2.8 million Girl Scouts—2 million girl members and 800,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers.

Girls at home and abroad participate in troops and groups in more than 92 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas, and over 100 local Girl Scout councils offer girls the opportunity for membership across the United States.

Girls at home and abroad participate in troops and groups in more than 92 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas, and over 100 local Girl Scout councils offer girls the opportunity for membership across the United States.



To read about the latest news from Girl Scouts across America and the World, visit



During May and June of 2015, recent sessions of Girl Scouts Troop #965 at Metro RYDC have focused on the theme of “Planning Your Future Career” with an eye towards long term professional goal development. Led by Ms. Andre’ Cheek of the Division of Education and Reentry Services and Troop Leaders Sara Gardener and Loronda C. Giddens, the Scouts of Troop #965 specifically expanded upon this goal development with a unique and helpful session named "Dress for Success on a Budget" inspired by the Dress for Success Organization. Through "Dress for Success", the Metro RYDC Troops learned valuable lessons about how to present themselves professionally, the importance of said professional presentation, and how to dress in business attire while on a budget. Learn more at

DJJ and the Girl Scouts: ICM Cards of Encouragement...Starting in June, the Metro Regional Youth Detention Center (Metro RYDC) Girl Scouts Troop #965 supported the Interfaith Children's Movement 23rd Annual Celebration of Excellence by creating and distributing greeting Cards of Encouragement to support the three hundred youth in foster care in Georgia who are graduating from high school, college, technical school, or receving a GED in 2015. Each of the cards designed by Metro RYDC Girl Scouts Troop held words of encouragement or words of comfort and confidence for the graduating youth venturing out on their own. Learn more at

Deputy Commissioner Shawanda Reynolds-Cobb conducted a session to discuss how to promote the sale of Girl Scout cookies. The girls had an opportunity to taste each product and to create a marketing campaign to sell cookies. The girls decorated posters and each gave an oral presentation on how they would generate revenue via the cookie sale. To read more, visit

On April 20th, Girl Scout Troop #965 decorated Mother's Day cards that will be presented to the Seniors Nursing Home in Gainesville, Georgia.

During Women History Month, DJJ Girl Scouts studied prominent women who have made a significant contribution to society including Mae Jemison, Malala Yousafzai, Rosa, Parks, and Sandra Day O'Connor.