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AHG equips parents with guide to leading girls through modern anxieties such as the pandemic, isolation, fear and more

April 11, 2022

CINCINNATI, Ohio As America recognizes Stress Awareness Month, one of the world’s largest Christian scout-type organizations, American Heritage Girls (AHG, www.americanheritagegirls.org) proudly provides parents and guardians with the tools to help girls deal with the anxieties that plague today’s youth. In order to equip adults with biblical truths to deal with girls’ stress, American Heritage Girls released ‘A Raising Godly Girls Guide to Tackling 8 Stressors that Girls Face Today.’

Patti Garibay, founder and executive director of American Heritage Girls, stated, “Fear is debilitating. It manifests itself into a variety of unhealthy behaviors. Today’s teens are experiencing the effects of worry and fear in unprecedented numbers. Diagnostic interview data from the National Comorbidity Survey Adolescent Supplement shows that 31% of all youth have diagnosed anxiety disorders. Note the word ‘diagnosed.’ Imagine the percentage when we include those who have not sought medical or psychiatric help. Fear has reached pandemic levels.

“Yes, fear is part of the human condition, but as part of the Body of Christ we are called to faith over fear. We are called to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God will never leave us or forsake us. My prayer at this time of anxiety and distress is for each of us to dismiss fear and shine as a beacon of certainty that we serve a sovereign God who is the creator of the earth, the Prince of Peace, the Alpha and the Omega, and the Lord that provides.”

The comprehensive and useful guide dives deep into topics such as diagnosed anxiety, worst-case scenario thinking, fear of illness, panic attacks, worrying, scarcity mindset, isolation and transitioning back to “normal life.” The guide provides biblical support as an additional foundation for parents and even has an activity in the back for girls to help cope with their stress.

To learn more about “A Raising Godly Girls Guide to Tackling 8 Stressors that Girls Face Today,” click here.

American Heritage Girls was founded in 1995 by a group of parents who wanted this faith-based, scout-type character development program for their daughters. At AHG, girls ages five to 18 meet together as a single Troop at the same time and then break out into Units by Levels. This gives AHG girls the important social experience of interacting with friends and godly mentors of various ages; members also learn leadership skills within a group setting. AHG Troops are located in local communities across the nation. If none exists in a given area, families can bring the AHG Program to their own area. An American Heritage Girls Troop Development Coach is available to provide resources to potential Charter Organizations and other families to form a new Troop. To hear more about the purpose, mission, and vision of AHG from Founder and Executive Director Patti Garibay, click here.

Today, there are Troops in all 50 states and girls being served in 15 countries around the globe. Girls can join a Troop at any time; if a Troop is not available nearby, they can become a Trailblazer and enjoy the AHG program alongside their parent. A variety of Christian denominations are also represented as Charter Organizations for Troops. Thousands of volunteer members across the country are helping girls grow in their faith, cultivate a heart for service, enjoy the great outdoors, and have more fun than they can imagine. 

The “Raising Godly Girls” radio feature and Raising Godly Girls blog shares guidance and biblically based advice on many key topics affecting girls today—from bullying and identity to anxiety and body image issues. It gives parents, educators, and faith community leaders a set of tools, resources, and Scripture-based advice to assist in raising girls after God’s own heart. The “Raising Godly Girls Minute” with Patti Garibay airs on 900+ Christian radio stations across the country.