Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines strives to encourage girls from all backgrounds to pursue their interests in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through hands-on, experiential learning. We are excited to announce that we have received a $10,000 cash donation from Time Warner Cable to support our STEM programming.
“We are so pleased to partner with Time Warner Cable to offer girls an opportunity to explore the leadership possibilities that exist for them in these career fields,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer at Girl Scouts NC – Coastal Pines.
Girl Scouts Research Institute’s 2013 report, Generation STEM: What girls say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, 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.
Girls 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.” Accordingly, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines has prioritized STEM in an effort to help girls narrow this gap. As one of its main program initiatives, Girl Scouts provides opportunities for girls to enhance their exposure to and deepen their engagement in STEM fields.
“Through Time Warner Cable’s signature Connect a Million Minds initiative we are proud to partner with Girl Scouts to make innovative STEM programs available to so many kids in the area,” said Joe DiMelis, area vice president of operations, Time Warner Cable. “This is yet another way in which Connect a Million Minds is showing kids that science, technology, engineering and math can be fun by introducing them to exciting, informal learning opportunities outside the classroom.”
With the support from Connect a Million Minds, Time Warner Cable’s five-year, $100 million cash and in-kind philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in STEM, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines will be able to continue helping girls bridge the gender gap in science and technology careers. This generous donation will help fund the Girl Scout’s overall STEM programming including two comprehensive events offered to our membership annually, TechnoQuest and MarineQuest.