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The Family Partnership Campaign – More Than Just a Campaign

March 20, 2017

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By: Alexandra Jones, Fund Development Intern

The Family Partnership Campaign is a way for Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines to raise critical funds to directly support girls and Girl Scout programming. Contributing to the Family Partnership Campaign provides an opportunity for members of the Girl Scouts family – parents, volunteers, staff, and board members – to say, “I support Girl Scouts, I believe in what we accomplish together, and I appreciate the experiences that Girl Scouting has afforded my girl.”

The truth is, family members love Girl Scouting because they’ve seen what it’s done for the girl in their life. They want girls everywhere to have the same opportunities. By supporting Girl Scouts through the Family Partnership Campaign, we can make sure that every girl can participate, regardless of her background or ability to pay.

100% of the money contributed to the Family Partnership Campaign stays within our council to develop new programs, offer the excitement of getting outdoors, and provide volunteer support and training. Family Partnership gifts help support camps, leadership development opportunities, healthy living initiatives, and science and technology experiences.

Bonus! Troops whose families contribute $200 or more to the Family Partnership Campaign in one program year receive a Family Partnership patch for each girl in the troop. Troops who have already received their patches include:

Troop #1745 – Cumberland County, Area 36

Troop #1806 – Durham County, Area 10

Troop #1077 – Hoke County, Area 32

Troop #614 – Johnston County, Area 25

Troop #1970 – New Hanover County, Area 73

Troop #243 – Orange County, Area 9

Troop #1274 – Orange County, Area 9

Troop #4021 – Sampson County, Area 39

Troop #1658 – Wake County, Area 13

Troop #664 – Wake County, Area 16

Troop #4582 – Wake County, Area 19

Troop #990 – Wake County, Area 19

Troop #41 – Wake County, Area 19

Troop #1391 – Wake County, Area 19

Troop #1821 – Wake County, Area 19

Troop #660 – Wake County, Area 19

Troop #1162 – Wake County, Area 19

Troop #3291 – Wake County, Area 19

Troop #3309 – Wake County, Area 19

Troop #3195 – Wake County, Area 23

Think about it – just $50 covers the membership dues for more than three girls, $100 provides Girl Scout membership to over six girls in our Community Outreach Program, and $250 will help provide scholarship support for a girl to spend a week at summer camp. The possibilities are endless when our Girl Scout family supports the Family Partnership Campaign!

To make a Family Partnership gift online, visit our website and click on the ‘Donate’ tab. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Thomas, Fund Development Coordinator at (919) 600-6315 or lthomas@nccoastalpines.org.

Thank you for your support and for investing in girls who can change the world!

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STEM Education with Girl Scouts

March 13, 2017

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By: Laura Novotny, Ph.D., STEM Programs Director

For over 100 years, the mission of the Girl Scouts has been to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. And while our mission has remained the same, the skills and experiences we strive to provide—including our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs—have been enhanced and updated in order to move at the speed of today’s girls.

Consider the following facts:

  • More than 75% of tomorrow’s jobs will require the use of computers.
  • Over the next 10 years, the number of STEM jobs in the United States is projected to increase at a rate equal to three times the increase in the number of non-STEM jobs.
  • There are not enough qualified job candidates in the United States to fill all of these projected positions.

This shift toward a more highly-technical workforce is reflected in the council’s emphasis on quality STEM programming. After all, it is the Girl Scout’s mission to build girls with the skills necessary to effect positive change in the society of today and into tomorrow!

During the 2015–2016 program year, the Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines offered more than 30 fun STEM events. Events, such as Engineer It!, Computer Expert, and TechnoQuest, provide the girls with opportunities to conduct scientific investigations, engage in the engineering design process, and interact directly with female STEM professionals. Research suggests that girls are more likely to remain interested in STEM fields if they see female scientists and engineers that look like them, and have women in their corner to encourage them. Mentorship is a key component to the success of our council’s STEM programs because it helps the girls see that they do belong.

Other council STEM programs, such as Letterboxer, Geocacher, Becoming a Naturalist, and Bug Out, encourage the girls to take science into the great outdoors, show them the importance of understanding the natural world, and highlight ways they can make a different in the world.

Help position your girls for a lifetime of success by encouraging them to take advantage of the exciting STEM programs the council offers. You can register for our STEM programs on our website or through your MyGS account!

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