4 Girl Scouts, 40 organizations, 1 poster

Four Girl Scouts working toward their Silver Award are helping Children First create an inspiring way to share the message about the 40 developmental assets. Mariah, Jenna, Ali and Kelsey from St. Louis Park Girl Scout Troop 10297 have contacted 40 organizations in St. Louis Park asking them to paint a canvas depicting one of the 40 assets. The 40 paintings will appear during a gallery show at the Children First Ice Cream Social on Sunday, May 17 and will also be made into a poster available for distribution that day. After the Ice Cream Social, the paintings will be divided into smaller groups and be exhibited in the community.

According to the Girl Scouts, the project is designed to:
• To build community by bringing together a variety of local organizations focused on an artistic project.
• To educate the community through art about Children First and the 40 developmental assets.
• To provide an advertising tool, the poster, for more than one hundred trained asset champions to use in furthering their effort to communicate with the community about Children First.

The Girl Scouts were diligent about securing organizations that represented the community. The most difficult part of the project to date was narrowing the list to 40 groups because there are so many wonderful organizations that support St. Louis Park youth. Artists from participating organizations range in age from pre-schoolers to senior citizens.

This project was made possible through the generosity of a St. Louis Park Arts & Culture grant.

Pictured above are the Girl Scouts who are working on the poster project: Jenna, Mariah, Jeanne Tatarek, (Girl Scout advisor) Karen Atkinson, (Children First coordinator), Kelsey, Michael (co-chair, Children First) and Ali.