ADA - Girl Scouts of Western Ohio has received a rural youth development grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will allow girls to make a long-term, positive impact on their community. The grant will be used by girls to implement the Challenge & Change project in Ada.

Challenge & Change is a comprehensive project that uses experiential and cooperative learning to teach project management, civic engagement and leadership skills.

The purpose of the Challenge & Change project is to support leadership development in Girl Scouts in grades 6-12, through a process in which girls learn about their community's challenges and work with local groups and individuals to make a positive change in the community. Take Action projects done through Challenge & Change should be sustainable with plans for expansion when the funds are finished.

Through the implementation of this project, girls will develop investigation, planning and project management skills that can be applied to future academic and personal achievements. Girls will also gain community connections that can be leveraged for future activities.

If you are interested in participating in this project as either a Girl Scout or as a community organization or member, please contact Lissa Brown, Director of Regional Service, at 419-255-4085 or by email at