American Heritage Girls fosters leadership in girls with its ‘G.R.I.T. with Grace’ leadership program

AHG’s robust curriculum shares Christ-focused servant leadership tips that are fun, interactive, and memorable

March 7, 2022

CINCINNATI, Ohio American Heritage Girls (AHG, www.americanheritagegirls.org)—one of the world’s largest Christian, scout-type organizations—has long dedicated itself to building young women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country. AHG offers hands-on badge programs, service projects, leadership opportunities, outdoor adventures, virtual connections and more, all while emphasizing Christian values and family participation.

AHG is dedicated to raising up godly young women as leaders in a broken culture. Girls Rooted and Impacting Tomorrow (G.R.I.T.) with Grace, one of AHG’s many biblically based programs, seeks to empower young women to root themselves in Christ.

Said AHG Founder and Executive Director Patti Garibay of G.R.I.T. with Grace, “In today’s world, servant leadership is not easy. It’s gritty, messy, and challenging. Servant leadership is not self-centered but Christ-centered, and it can feel uncomfortable at times. AHG developed this curriculum to teach girls to have both the grit and the grace to trust God—and to help them learn to lean into His power to lead others well, too.”

Garibay added, “We are proudly empowering girls by teaching them the importance of rooting themselves in Christ and bearing godly grit, so that the fruit of the Holy Spirit is evident in their leadership style.”

G.R.I.T. with Grace is a dynamic AHG leadership program designed to bring effective girl leadership skills to local communities. Concepts are presented in “sessions,” or units of study, and activities from which girls learn the importance of rooting themselves in Christ. They embark on the mission of bearing Godly grit, so that the fruit of the Holy Spirit is evident in their leadership style. Founded on AHG’s Biblical Leadership Badge (one of its many outstanding badge offerings). G.R.I.T. with Grace takes Biblical principles and creates a fun, interactive, and memorable experience for all involved. It can be implemented in an event setting of each AHG Troop’s choosing, such as a retreat or campout. Each relatable session has been created in “plug and play” format, so that AHG leaders can select and use the topics that best meet their Troop’s specific needs. G.R.I.T. with Grace is also available for other groups and organizations focused on girl leadership.

Session topics for AHG’s G.R.I.T. with Grace curriculum include the following:

  • Everyone Can Lead
  • Peer Influence
  • Identity in Christ
  • Vision Casting
  • Heart to Listen

Garibay concluded, “As AHG seeks to develop girls to be servant leaders in our ever-changing world, it is necessary to teach the godly grit required to persevere and finish the race well in God’s abundant power and grace!”

AHG has already received positive feedback about this program.Says one AHG Unit Leader about G.R.I.T. with Grace, “I am so excited about this fun new curriculum. It includes games, breakout sessions, crafts, themed snack ideas, even supply lists. It’s all ready to go and our Troop can do little spotlights and perhaps even a leadership retreat. Our member girls are going to love this!”

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. 

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