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December 21, 2011
AT&T Grant Will Enable GSHH to Promote Interest in STEM Careers to Underserved Girls
As part of an exciting initiative funded by AT&T, Girl Scouts of Heart of Hudson (GSHH) recently announced a new program designed to help 450 area high school girls get interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) classes and future careers.
Research has shown that minority students and women are gravitating away from science and engineering toward other professions, and also that employment in the STEM fields is increasing at a faster pace than in non-STEM fields. Educational experts say the U.S. must increase proficiency and interest in these areas to compete in the global economy.
GSHH is one of 18 Girl Scout councils, selected through a national competitive grant process, to participate in the educational curriculum called “IMAGINE: Your STEM Future.” Partnered in this endeavor with Ramapo High School in Rockland County, GSHH has received a $40,000 grant, made possible by a major AT&T contribution to Girl Scouts of the USA. The program will run from November 2011 through summer 2012, and bring IMAGINE to girls in grades 9-12.
The IMAGINE initiative is funded through a $1 million AT&T Aspire contribution designed to reach 6,000 young women across the U.S. and introduce them to a variety of career options in the STEM fields. AT&T’s contribution is among the largest gifts ever made to Girl Scouts of the USA designated for programs in these fields.
“Girl Scouts of the Heart of Hudson has some of the most promising young women eager to learn and make a positive impact in both their personal lives and future careers,” said Jean Lewis, GSHH community development manager. “AT&T’s contribution enables us to expand our focus to help them explore educational and workforce options.”
The IMAGINE curriculum offers opportunities for high school girls to team up with AT&T employees and other volunteers to participate in interactive activities and visual experiments, such as extracting DNA from a banana. These activities are designed to help students imagine a future STEM career and spark interest in taking additional STEM courses in high school and college, thereby opening doors to a wide range of career options.
“The STEM disciplines are at the heart of our business and we understand how essential they are becoming to every business and the growth of our economy,” said Amy Hines Kramer, regional vice president of external affairs, AT&T. “We are committed to helping teens succeed and are excited that Girl Scouts of the Heart of the Hudson has been selected to participate in this program and will help these young women develop more skills to enjoy productive and rewarding careers.”