According to Girl Scouts Of Northeast Texas Committee For Community Engagement Co-Chair Gail Chandler,
- “Every girl deserves the chance to be successful.
- “Everyone benefits when we help girls take an active part in charting their futures.
- “The future of our communities and society depends on our ability to break down gender barriers that inhibit girls’ success.
“These are the three reasons I volunteer for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. As a mother and grandmother, I can wish for and support the success of my daughters and granddaughter. As a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas though, I can extend that support to others in our community who deserve success no matter their background, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity or ability.
“Today, there are many opportunities for girls and women to contribute to a better future through the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. However, women remain vastly underrepresented in these fields. Girl Scouts is reducing the gender gap in STEM fields by bringing millions of girls into the STEM pipeline over the next eight years. In November, Girl Scouts of the USA announced a bold pledge to get 2.5 million girls into the STEM pipeline by 2025. Locally, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas is leading the charge through a $14M capital campaign to build a STEM Center of Excellence in southwest Dallas.
“STEM professions are the fastest growing careers in our country – with women in STEM earning 33% more than women in other careers. Over the next decade, the U.S. will need 1 million more STEM professionals than we are projected to produce. Where will our future chemists, botanists, electrical engineers, programmers and coders come from? With your support, they will come from Girl Scouts.
“Girl Scouts are almost twice as likely as non-Girl Scouts to participate in STEM activities (60 percent versus 35 percent), and 77 percent of girls say that because of Girl Scouts, they are considering a career in technology.
“Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas’ STEM Center of Excellence is serving as a model for the development of regional STEM Centers across the country. The STEM Center will afford girls the opportunity to explore these careers, connect with mentors and break down perceptions about the industry. Programs will run year-round and the facility is expected to serve 4,000 girls in our area.
“We need your help to help girls develop their curiosity, problem-solving and leadership skills. From an all-girls astronomy club to summer camps that teach girls to build and fly drones, to field trips which get girls into nature to explore earth sciences to high school programs where girls are discovering and developing antibiotics, there is truly an opportunity for every girl to discover, explore, build, create and dream.
“My holiday wish is for more STEM opportunities and success for North Texas girls. You can create those opportunities by giving to the Gears4Girls campaign. Your gift will be commemorated on an acrylic gear on display on our supporters’ wall at the STEM Center. Gears make the perfect holiday gift to commemorate that special leader, mentor, role model, colleague or family member.
“By ‘getting in gear’ this holiday season, we help Girl Scouts help girls break down barriers , find countless opportunities to discover themselves, connect with the world around them, take action in their communities and empower themselves for life.
“Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas serves more than 26,000 girls in our community, helping them learn computer coding, get hands-on experiences in the STEM industry, connect with female career mentors, explore nature at our STEM Center of Excellence, build confidence through leadership programs, challenge their fears through outdoor adventures and much more.
“Please help girls throughout our community try STEM and discover skills and interests that will lead to their success and ours. You can learn more and connect as a volunteer or donor at gsnetx.org. ”
-By Gail Chandler, Girl Scouts Of Northeast Texas Committee For Community Engagement co-chair
* Photos provided by Girl Scouts Of Northeast Texas