The FaB Factor program encourages girls to discover their inner fabulousness.
What is FaB Factor?
Our FaB Factor program series serves girls ages 5-18 residing in urban neighborhoods where resources for youth development are limited. The FaB Factor encourages girls to discover their inner fabulousness; whether it be proficiency in math or the ability to speak confidently on issues which she finds important. Whatever she discovers, she will have the confidence and be empowered to make a difference. The program focuses on four modules, Financial Literacy (Finance and Banking), Health and Fitness (Fit and Beautiful), Leadership (‘F’araohs and Beacons), and the STEM disciplines (Fractions, Fixtures and Bytes, Beakers).
An Innovative Approach
We partner with community agencies that have fulfilled our Criteria of Need requirements and are located in one of our targeted cities:
- with the highest MA teen pregnancy rates
- where juvenile assaults by girls are more likely to take place, based on a combination of Youth Risk Behavior, public safety and crime data
- where 9th -12th grade HS dropout rates are higher than the state average
- where the population of low-income students is higher than the state average
Meets the Challenges
Based on needs assessments conducted across the Commonwealth and supported by data from the Mass Dept. of Education, the Mass Dept. of Public Health and the Mass Youth Risk Behavior Survey, GSEM identified the need to develop programs which promote positive social skills and behaviors; leadership development supported by positive adult female role models; girl planned community service learning; and exposure to opportunities of success outside of their present environment. The FaB Factor program was developed with a belief that with a targeted curriculum, consistent access to caring adults, and the implementation of the Girl Scout leadership model, an incredible difference can be made in the lives of these young girls.
“When I joined Girl Scouts I thought we were going to sell cookies and go on field trips like I did with my troop when I was younger. But this was different. We do work on clothes, which I love and I learned how to help the environment and still look cute. I can’t wait for the fashion show. Thanks Ms. Danielle.”
- Maxiell, Age 11
“This summer the only thing fun that I got to do was Girl Scouts. I went to (city) camp during the day but only played outside. We didn’t really do anything else. But when I come here, we cook, play games and I learn different things. I learned how to jump double dutch and eat healthy things, which is my favorite. My friends at camp get mad when I talk about Girl Scouts, because they just go home. So I told them to just join.” - Asia, Age 7
Our growing list of community partners is the key to our ability to deliver programs to girls in underserved communities; girls who may not have known that Girl Scout membership and all its benefits was available to them.
Current FaB Factor Locations
Boston Lawrence Brighton Lowell Brockton Methuen Chelsea New Bedford Everett Plymouth Framingham Raynham Haverhill Revere Hyannis