BFF Program Awarded Grant From Community Foundation!

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

bffThe Central New York Community Foundation has awarded the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc. $29,595 from the Shirley M. Aubrey Fund to support its Be A Friend First (BFF) program.

Be A Friend First is brought to middle school girls and explores issues like peer pressures, stereotyping, gossip, and cliques through role-play, creative writing, games, and discussion exercises.

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways began offering Be A Friend First to the Syracuse City School District a couple years ago, serving 170 girls. Currently, with funding support from the United Way of CNY, the program serves 349 girls in grades 4-8.

“The Community Foundation grant will allow us to expand our curriculum to deliver school-day sessions to 1,800 girls, covering 13 Syracuse City School District sites over the school year,” said Joanne Arany, Senior Development Manager, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways. “BFF program activities give girls the opportunity to gather new tips and strategies for interacting with all of the people in their lives. They learn that small actions in their daily lives can improve relationships and they gain valuable relationship skills to build more positive and peaceful relations in their worlds. BFF inspires girls to develop a project to educate and lead others in their schools and communities to prevent bullying behavior.”

For more information about the Be A Friend First program, click here.

One thought on “BFF Program Awarded Grant From Community Foundation!

  1. Thank you Kim!


    Joanne Arany
    Senior Development Manager
    Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc.

    P: 315.698.9400 x 2046

    Start the fun at

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