Thursday, July 28, 2011

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is a STEM Advocacy Champion

The Boston Business Journal reports that the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachussetts has been named a STEM Advocacy Champion. The honor was bestowed upon seventeen councils nationwide by the Girl Scouts of the USA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office. This new national initiate equips and empowers Girl Scout councils to lead efforts at the local and state level to increase girls’ involvement in science, technology, engineering and math by addressing and ultimately changing an issue that impacts the lives of girls in our area. The national Girl Scouts organization has honored the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts for its work promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in education, paving the way for the organization to encourage girls even more statewide to pursue their interests in math, science and other projects.

The new national initiative will allow the Boston-based Girl Scouts affiliate to increase girls' involvement in STEM through programs with Raytheon Corporation, collaborations with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

As part of the new national initiative, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts also will be building awareness among community leaders, aimed at increasing girls involvement in STEM and looking for policy solutions to improve education for girls.