Disturbing Revelations About America’s Young People Show Why AHG, the Premier Faith-Based, Scout-Type Program in the U.S. for Girls and Young Women, Is More Relevant Than Ever
August 30, 2021
CINCINNATI, Ohio — In an emotional new video, U.S. Olympic gold medalist Sydney McLaughlin revealed the pain of rejection she’s felt from some around her because of her belief in Jesus Christ. The young Team USA hurdler said, “[I’ve] been very cautious of how I carry myself … because I want to glorify God and I want to be a good example to people, but our world only accepts ignorance.” The athlete added that she’s “so grateful” to “have a relationship with God” and to be able to “see the changes Christ” is bringing to her life. Her deeply personal anguish comes just as a new study indicates that 60% of young adults today insist Jesus isn’t the only way to salvation—but that Buddha and Muhammad are also “valid paths to salvation.”
Patti Garibay, Founder and Executive Director of American Heritage Girls (AHG, www.americanheritagegirls.org)—the premier faith-based, scout-type leadership program in the U.S. for girls and young women ages five to 18—commented on the disturbing revelations and their larger implications. “It is no wonder that Olympic gold medalist Sydney McLaughlin is experiencing a less-than-stellar reception as she shares her faith in Christ and attributes her success to her relationship with Him. Recently, more than 60% of born-again Christians between the ages of 18 and 39 believe that there are multiple paths to salvation. This is simply not true and in error of the teachings of Scripture.”
Garibay added, “In light of the study’s findings, the need for biblical worldview training for today’s Christian youth has never been more important. This is a trumpet call to the Church, families across America, and ministries like American Heritage Girls to intentionally form today’s youth in ‘the way they should go’ through biblical worldview studies. AHG does this in an experiential way that involves faith, service, and fun! Life is seen through the lens of a biblical worldview—and a member’s faith becomes her own as she learns the ‘why behind the what’ of the biblical worldview.”
AHG offers hands-on badge programs that girls can do at home during the pandemic, as well as service projects, leadership opportunities, outdoor adventures, virtual connections, and a great deal more. AHG emphasizes Christian values and family participation as it promotes a healthy sense of community and connection for girls and young women.
AHG’s mission is to build women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country. Itis dedicated to providing authentic, positive, and values-driven character and leadership development opportunities and outdoor adventure for girls across the nation.
American Heritage Girls was founded in 1995 by a group of parents who wanted a 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.
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.
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.