February 8, 2021
CINNCINATI, Ohio — Amid the uncertain circumstances Christians face today with the overwhelming difficulties of our world, we must recognize that what teen girls see in the media – social or otherwise – can create a sense of fear. American Heritage Girls (AHG, www.americanheritagegirls.org) is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. AHG girls across the nation and the globe participate in badge programs, service projects, leadership opportunities, and outdoor experiences, all with an emphasis on Christian values and family involvement.
In Raising Godly Girls, Patti Garibay, founder and executive director of American Heritage Girls writes, “It is time we step up, suit them up with the armor of God, and equip them to face the world as a spiritual battleground each day.”
The Barna Group and Impact 360’s 2018 Gen Z Study titled “Gen Z: The Culture, Beliefs, and Motivations Shaping the Next Generation” found that more than any generation before, members of Generation Z (those born between 1999 and 2015, according to the researchers) are self-identifying as atheist.
In fact, Generation Z is doing so at twice the rate of the general population. “The reason for this lack of faith in God is that this generation has a hard time believing that a good God would allow so much evil or suffering in the world,” Garibay explains.
“The majority of Generation Z and Generation Alpha, the newly-dubbed term for those born between 2010 through 2024, have never lived in a world where the United States is at peace,” Garibay writes. “Their world has always been in strife, having been born in the age of fear caused by 9/11, the financial crisis, and gun violence.
“Parents who grew up in an America where Christianity was the norm are faced with the reality that if they don’t intentionally seek out ways to help their daughter foster her relationship with God, the culture won’t do it for them. Girls need to learn about the overwhelming love of God, and how the schemes of the enemy try to veil it from humankind.”
Raising Godly Girls is a culmination of Garibay’s 25 years of working with thousands of girls and families over the years. The “Raising Godly Girls Guide to Fear and Anxiety in Uncertain Times” gives parents, ministers, and educators the knowledge, tools, and Scripture-based advice to tackle fear and anxiety and, in turn, raise up a Godly girl.
American Heritage Girls was founded by a group of parents wanting a faith-based, scout-type character development program for their daughters in 1995. The AHG Program is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. American Heritage Girls across the nation and the globe participate in badge programs, service projects, leadership opportunities, and outdoor experiences, all with an emphasis on Christian values and family involvement.
Today there are Troops in every state and in 15 countries around the world through the Trailblazer Program. A variety of Christian denominations are also represented as Charter Organizations for Troops. There are thousands of volunteer members across the country helping girls to grow in their faith, cultivate a heart for service, enjoy the great outdoors, and have more fun than they can imagine.
To schedule interviews with Patti Garibay, founder and executive director of American Heritage Girls (AHG, www.americanheritagegirls.org), contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Marjorie Pratt, 610.584.1096, ext. 107, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.