Time Warner Cable awards $10,000 grant to Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines
to promote science and math education
Raleigh, N.C.— Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines today announced a $10,000 grant from Time Warner Cable to support a series of programs to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The grant is part of Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds (CAMM), a philanthropic initiative designed to engage and encourage young people to pursue education and career paths in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
“This partnership is important to both organizations as Time Warner Cable and Girls Scouts want to see more girls pursue education and careers in STEM fields as 80 percent of our future jobs are focused in these disciplines,” said Christine Whitaker, Time Warner Cable’s area vice president of operations for the Eastern North Carolina area. “Research tells us that young girls have a greater chance of losing interest in STEM during the middle school years. Hands-on STEM programming helps to inspire them to become the problem solvers of tomorrow.”
Girl Scouts is focusing resources on strategies to improve educational and workplace equity related to women and girls in STEM fields. Hands-on activities that delve into many areas of science, along with other efforts to increase competitiveness and engagement in STEM among girls, are intended to help narrow the gender gap within STEM education programs and careers.
“STEM education is one of the top program priorities for Girl Scouts,” said Rusine Mitchell Sinclair, chief executive officer for Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “Not only has Girl Scouts provided girls with countless hands-on STEM experiences, but we are ever mindful of the importance of helping girls ‘connect the dots’ between these experiences and the ultimate attainment of science and technology-related careers.”
“We are grateful to Time Warner Cable for helping us continue to be a leading provider of informal STEM educational experiences for girls,” Sinclair said.
The grant will support key events in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Wilmington for elementary, middle school and high school students as part of Girls Engaged in Math and Science (GEMS) series. The first GEMs hands-on event will be held at TechnoQuest at Meredith College on Saturday, November 3.
In addition to the cash grant, Time Warner Cable will promote Girl Scouting via public service announcements and provide employee volunteers and subject matter experts to participate in programs and other communications channels.
About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. In partnership with more than 10,000 adult volunteers, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines serves more than 35,000 girl members in 41 central and eastern North Carolina counties. The council's administrative headquarters is located in Raleigh, with additional program and service centers located in Fayetteville and Goldsboro. For more information on membership or volunteer opportunities,
call 800-284-4475 or visit www.nccoastalpines.org.