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Remembering Our Fellow Girl Scout Sisters

December 14, 2013

By Destiny O., Girl Board Member

On December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut lost 26 people in a tragic shooting. Those lost included twelve young girls and eight young boys, ages six and seven, along with six amazing women who worked at the school. Eight of the young girls were Girl Scouts; eight of our young and beautiful Daisy sisters. After reading the letter from our CEO, Anna Maria Chavez, I sat down and wrote a poem in honor of our fallen Girl Scout sisters.

As this day marks the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, I wanted to share my poem with all of you as we stop to honor all of the victims and work together to rebuild the community.

 Angels from Sandy Hook Elementary

By: Destiny O.

Girl Scouts big and Girl Scouts small,
Because of this tragedy we must answer the call.
We must remember our sisters who didn’t make it through,
They will always be in our hearts because they wore the color blue.
Each daisy flower is delicate and unique in its own way,
Which is how our Daisy Girl Scouts are each and every day.
In heaven these girls proudly wear their vest,
Our little Girl Scout angels are surely the best.
As each Girl Scout follows her path she must never fuss,
Because all of our little Girl Scout angels will be watching over us.
Leading us through each promise, law, and song,
Our angels were definitely courageous and strong.
They are an example to every angel inside heaven’s gate,
This is why we will always remember the date.

SandyHook

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Girl Scouts Bridge the Gender Gap with STEM

November 12, 2013

By Krista Park, Communications & Marketing Director

Today more girls are showing interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields and STEM-based activities.  But despite this growing curiosity, girls still are not choosing medicine, science, technology and engineering as their number one career path.

Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines has prioritized STEM in an effort to help girls bridge the existing gender gap that within these male-dominant career fields and provides opportunities for girls to enhance their exposure to and deepen their engagement in STEM.

Girl Scout Research Institute’s report, Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, highlights that while a majority of today’s girls have a clear interest in STEM, they do not prioritize STEM fields when thinking about their future careers.

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Research in the report shows that 74 percent of teen girls are interested in STEM subjects and the general field of study. Further, a high 82 percent of girls see themselves as “smart enough to have a career in STEM.” And yet, few girls consider it their number-one career option: 81 percent of girls interested in STEM are interested in pursuing STEM careers, but only 13 percent say it’s their first choice.

Additionally, girls express that they do not know a lot about STEM careers and the opportunities afforded by these fields, with 60 percent of STEM-interested girls acknowledging that they know more about other careers than they do about STEM careers.

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Girl Scouts has a proud history of supporting girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through our robust programs and mentoring initiatives. This study only reaffirms what we already know – that it is important to support girls at a young age and make learning about STEM fun and engaging.”

As to what girls are drawn to with regard to these subjects, Generation STEM notes that the creative and hands-on aspects of STEM hold the most appeal. Girls enjoy the hands-on aspect of exploration and discovery and recognize the benefits of a challenge: 89 percent of all girls agree that “obstacles make me stronger.”

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Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines partners with many STEM-based companies and organizations across its 41-council territory including Cisco Systems, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, Motorola, Red Hat, Time Warner Cable and RTI International. Girls are offered a vast array of programming throughout the year in hopes that girls of all ages can experience fun, hands-on activities exploring STEM fields and careers.

test tubeGirls are also aware that gender barriers persist in today’s society: 57 percent of those studied concur that if they were to pursue a STEM career, they would “have to work harder than a man to be taken seriously.”

When girls succeed, so does society. We all have a role to play in making girls feel supported and capable when it comes to involvement in STEM fields—and anything else they set their minds to and have traditionally been steered away from.

 

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