Article by Amanda Mancino | esPResso Committee Member
Two million girls across the nation are members ofGirl Scouts of the U.S.A. Founded in 1912 by Juliette Low, Girl Scouts has helped girls feel empowered and encouraged to change the world around them. Following this mission, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. have teamed up with Techbridge to start an Engineer Your Journey program.
This program will help build Girl Scouts volunteers’ skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In turn, these volunteers will then be able to expose their girls to these fields with fun and interesting activities. Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. and Techbridge, along with the support of the Noyce Foundation, can help Girl Scout leaders blend the STEM activities with career discussions. Their main goal: show girls that both of these topics can be combined and help change the world! Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. along with Techbridge hope that this program will provide their girls with the tools and opportunities they need to succeed in STEM related fields.
Here at Marist, PRSSA introduced local Girl Scouts to the field of public relations, another career that can help change the world. At the event, current Marist PRSSA members talked to a local Girl Scout troop about what Public Relations is, and why they chose it as their major. Rebecca Golub, the director of chapter advancement for PRSSA, helped plan and also took part in the event. Golub stated, “The girls seemed to enjoy their pitching and elevator speech exercises we did with them as it allowed them to talk about themselves while still interacting. By trying out typical PR practices, I think that they were able to get more of a grip on what PR is. The program also provided them insight as to what industries they can go into with PR.” Overall, the program was a huge success, and really followed the Girl Scout message of encouraging girls to be confident in anything they do!
Nationwide, Girl Scouts continues to provide girls with opportunities that encourage them to change the world. By teaming up with Techbridge and even participating in local events like the one at Marist College, Girl Scouts is making sure that their girls are set up for big and bright futures!
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