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Girl Scouts Of The USA And New York Academy Of Sciences To Partner As Part Of Clinton Global Initiative To Provide Girls With STEM Mentoring

The program will draw on the Academy's expertise in managing large-scale partnerships; implementing a training and support program for hundreds of scientists each year; and understanding the importance of excellent teaching and learning along the STEM pipeline.

Girl Scouts will bring to the table their expertise as the premier girls' leadership development organization in the country, with 3.2 million members and 59 million living alumnae—a group that includes a long list of achievers in the STEM subjects, from Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, to nearly every female astronaut. GSUSA continues to build on STEM initiatives for girls and to offer STEM-related badges for girls, such as website designer, inventor, and home scientist. 

In order to support the proposed program—designed to engage more than 700 middle school girls, 30 female troop volunteers, and 70 female scientists over three years—fundraising activities will kick off within the first three months, beginning this summer.

The organizations will jointly raise $3 million to support activities such as recruiting and training mentors and Girl Scout volunteers, placing mentors in Girl Scout troops, and implementing and running the program full-time at three initial locations. The ultimate goal is to scale-up the program so that all middle school girls have the opportunity to be exposed to STEM learning through an expert mentor and through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

About Girl Scouts of the USA 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. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer or reconnect with, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 800-GSUSA-4-U or visit www.girlscouts.org.

About the New York Academy of SciencesThe New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization that since 1817 has been committed to advancing science, technology, and society worldwide. With 25,000 members in 140 countries, the Academy is creating a global community of science for the benefit of humanity. The Academy's core mission is to advance scientific knowledge, positively impact the major global challenges of society with science-based solutions, and increase the number of scientifically informed individuals in society at large. Please visit us online at  www.nyas.org.

About CGI America The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. Established in June 2011 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) addresses economic recovery in the United States. CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since its first meeting, CGI America participants have made more than 200 commitments valued at $13.4 billion when fully funded and implemented. To learn more, visit cgiamerica.org.

CGI also convenes an Annual Meeting, which brings together global leaders to take action and create positive social change, CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world, and, this year, CGI Latin America, which will bring together Latin American leaders to identify, harness, and strengthen ways to improve the livelihoods of people in Latin America and around the world. For more information, visit  clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at  facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

SOURCE Girl Scouts of the USA

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