Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout Councils in the U.S., received a $50,000 grant from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC), one of the world’s largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies. Funding will support GSSJC’s robotics and Gold Award programs during the 2015-2016 Girl Scout year.
“We are very committed to closing the STEM achievement gap between men and women,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO. “Anadarko’s investment will enable us to prepare our girls to be change-makers and leaders of tomorrow, enhancing our community’s ability to remain competitive in the global marketplace.”
GSSJC introduces girls to robotics through the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) LEGO League Program. The robotics program provides girls with experience designing, building, and programing robots competitively. In addition, the Council has a robotics special interest group that meets throughout the year and gives girls the opportunity to learn and advance their programming and engineering skills.
The Gold Award recognizes a high school-aged girl for her exemplary service in making her community a better place. Girls create a plan to meet a community need and implement a 80-hour leadership project that includes eight requirements, all of which promote community service, personal and spiritual growth, positive values, and leadership skills.
“The Girl Scouts Gold Award and FIRST Lego league reflect the same commitment to values, technical excellence and personal growth that Anadarko has.” said Jacqui Dimpel, Anadarko vice president, Midstream and GSSJC board member. “I know from my personal experience with the Girl Scouts that the skills and opportunities created by these programs will provide a springboard to a bright future for the next generation of women leaders.”
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 2.8 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 61,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visitwww.gssjc.org.
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