In Her Book, “Why Curse the Darkness When You Can Light a Candle,” Patti Garibay Encourages Young Women to Make the World a Better Place

American Heritage Girls Founder and President Provides a Framework of Prayer, Godly Friendships and Faith-Based Mentors

March 15, 2021

CINCINNATI, Ohio Last week, American Heritage Girls (AHG,, celebrated Women’s History Month with a weeklong event that included daily themes, devotionals, prayers, virtual connections via the AHG YouTube Channel, and the “Silhouette Step” activity, which is an art project demonstrating to AHG members that God made them image-bearers to reflect Him.

Today, with a worldwide web of resources at their fingertips, Christian parents can easily find ways to encourage their daughters to make the world a better place, and to serve God, their family, their community and country. Featured on the AHG website are such iconic women, as Fanny Crosby, Sacagawea, Ida Scudder, Harriet Tubman and Abigail Adams. These women – who also inspired the AHG program levels, were image-bearers of God who truly made the world a better place. 

For Patti Garibay, founder and executive director of AHG, every month is a month to celebrate women. She writes in her book,Why Curse the Darkness When You Can Light a Candle, “It is important for today’s girls to have a framework where they can develop the skills, ability, and confidence to lead well. The only way they can do that is to have the undergirding of a biblical worldview forged through prayer, godly friendships, and faith-based mentors. I believe American Heritage Girls provides that framework.

God often places candles before us in the form of frustration because we see something others don’t, or if they do, they aren’t willing to exercise obedience,” Garibay writes. “He puts fire in us to push us past our fears. He calls us to reach out and ignite the wicks that make the world a better place, helping us discover purpose in spite of life’s pain. We make our greatest difference when we dare to believe in a spark before it becomes a flame.”

American Heritage Girls was founded by a group of parents wanting a faith-based, scout-type character development program for their daughters in 1995. 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.

In addition to the biblically based parenting advice shared in the Raising Godly Girls blog and radio features, American Heritage Girls provides a community experience in a Troop setting. Girls benefit from Christ-centered friendships and mentors to assist them in becoming Godly girls.

Today there are Troops in all 50 states 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,, contact, Marjorie Pratt, 610.584.1096, ext. 107, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.