Maria’s journey with Girl Scouts began in Puerto Rico, when she
joined as a Daisy. Five years later, she’d leave her home and troop to
move to the United States.
Once she arrived in Buffalo, her mother looked for a Girl Scout
troop in the area. Finding none and understanding the importance, she
started her own troop so Maria could develop the friendships she needed.
With her troop, Maria was able to enjoy experiences she never
imagined would be possible, like white water rafting, learning how to
code, walking on ropes courses, and discovering more about how the
Her fellow Girl Scouts became her community and support, and with
the help of them and their leaders, she was able to learn English and
graduate high school. Now in college, she’s pursuing her passion at
Albany College and majoring in psychology on the pre-med route.
Because of Girl Scouts, Maria realized she was smart enough, good
enough, and confident enough. The activities she enjoyed were more
than just fun excursions – they helped shape the course of her life.
You can help make a difference in the lives of our Girl Scouts.
Girl Scouts takes the potential of girls and combines it with robust
skill-building programs that allow them to enjoy experiences outside
of their comfort zones, like building a robotic arm, learning to
survive outdoors, and growing a cookie business.
Your donation makes building girls of courage,
confidence, and character who makes the world a better place possible.