Girl Scouts Learn to Be "Uniquely Me"
"I learned about so many other different people. My family didn't raise me to learn about other cultures so I learned a lot," said participant Mariah Proctor.
Other participants look at it as a way to learn and to share.
"I can learn about other people in their culture and what they're going through and they can maybe connect with me," said participant Arwa Abdelhadi.
The United Way of Central Missouri has allocated more than $35,000 for the Girl Scouts Heart of Missouri Council. This money helps the programs continue. Since Uniquely Me started about four years ago, it's served more than five thousand girls.
"We simply would not be able to offer the program to as many girls without the United Way funding," Brooks said.
Martinez, a Uniquely Me participant, was crowned Miss Missouri Latina this year.
"She often talks about the Uniquely Me program and how it influenced her, the lessons she learned. And now, look at her, she's Miss Latina Missouri. She's going to college," Brooks explained.
Martinez has achieved so much in the last few years and credits her time at with the Girl Scouts.
"And I think Girls Scouts are part of my success," Martinez said.
Over the last year, the United Way has served more than 83,000 people.