AT&T and Girl Scouts Are Teaming Up to Inspire Girls to Pursue STEM Careers
As the result of a $625,000 national contribution from A&T Aspire—a longtime supporter of Girl Scouting—four Girl Scout councils are implementing Imagine Your STEM Future. Through this program, councils will inspire more girls to pursue STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). To date, AT&T has invested more than $3.4 million in Girl Scouts!
Imagine Your STEM Future will be implemented as a natural addition to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), where girls will gain leadership skills by engaging with program materials in the context of the three Girl Scout processes: girl-led, learning by doing, and cooperative learning.
The contribution from AT&T is part of AT&T Aspire, the company's signature education initiative, focusing on school success and workforce readiness. Beyond funding, AT&T employees are giving their time by providing mentoring, which is a part of the company's commitment for 1 million hours of mentoring by 2016.
More specifically, Imagine Your STEM Future will provide after-school STEM and mentoring activities to 800 girls in four councils across the country, 75 percent of which are at risk of dropping out of high school. This program will also increase local involvement of community and professional volunteers, and the program's outcome will be measured by girls' academic performance.
Girl Scouts leads the nation in empowering girls to pursue their natural interests in STEM. Girls exposed to STEM activities and careers while being encouraged by professional mentors will not only be more likely to graduate from high school on time, but also be more likely to excel in STEM-related subjects in school, explore post-secondary education in STEM, and consider STEM-related careers in which women are historically underrepresented.
About AT&T Philanthropy
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate-, employee-, social investment- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T's signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring.