Program encourages Girl Scouts to explore 'inner FaB'

Christine McCall | 8/3/2010, 9:48 p.m.
Dacia Jordan (r), 15, watches Leslie Roman, 9, as she works diligently on a self-esteem exercise at last week’s FaB Factor session at United South End Settlements. Stacy Wilbur

Currently, there are more than 1,500 girls participating in the program. A year-round FaB Factor curriculum exists for each age group, but the scope of the activities can change once the facilitators, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts trained staff, gauge the girls’ interests on various topics.

 “It’s fun because it’s just girls,” Leslie said. She said she likes the FaB Factor environment because she feels comfortable and can talk about girlie stuff like shopping and what she does on the weekends.

The conversation goes deeper than shopping though and Leslie says that she’s learned “to respect others and to treat each girl like a sister.”

She added, “Even when we fight, we’re still friends and we love each other.”

Not only do the girls learn about and develop their “inner FaB,” but they are also making new circles of friends and learning to work together in groups in a positive environment where they can be heard.

“I’ve seen a lot of growth with them as a group,” Karen Liberatore, after school program site coordinator at United South End Settlements said. “They’re all playing together. They’ve all bonded.”        

For more information about FaB Factor and other Girl Scouts programming, visit http://www.girlscoutseasternmass.org or contact Kimberly E. Zouzoua at 774-766-6915.