American Heritage Girls Presents Its ‘G.R.I.T. with Grace’ Leadership Program: ‘Girls Learn to Lean into God’s Power’

AHG’s Robust New Curriculum Shares Christ-Focused Servant Leadership Tips That Are Fun, Interactive, and Memorable

October 18, 2021

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. Now, the organization is proud to announce the launch of its new curriculum program, G.R.I.T. with Grace, designed to teach Christ-centered leadership skills. Girls Rooted and Impacting Tomorrow (G.R.I.T.) with Grace seeks to empower young women to root themselves in Christ.

Says 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.”

Adds Garibay, “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 robust AHG leadership program specially designed for its members. Concepts are presented in “sessions,” or units of study and activities based on topics pulled from AHG’s Biblical Leadership Badge (one of its many outstanding badge offerings). G.R.I.T. with Grace is not a classroom-based learning plan, however—it’s fun, interactive, and memorable for all members. 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.

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

  • Everyone Can Lead
  • Identity in Christ
  • Peer Influence
  • Heart to Listen
  • Growth Through Feedback and Rejection
  • Vision Casting

Garibay notes, “Each year we plan to grow these selections with more topics that are fresh and relevant.”

AHG has already been hearing positive feedback about this program. Says one leadership director and 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. 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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To schedule interviews with Patti Garibay, Founder and Executive Director of American Heritage Girls, contactMedia@HamiltonStrategies.com, Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096 ext. 105, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.

To inquire about airing the “Raising Godly Girls Minute” with Patti Garibay, contact Michael Hamilton, 610.584.1096, ext. 101.