Girl Scouts Partners With Sorority to Promote STEM Careers Among Girls
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) recently partnered with Sigma Gamma Rho, one of the nation’s largest African American sororities, to help build awareness of careers in science, technology, and engineering among girls and parents in African-American communities.

Through the GSUSA’s Imagine Engineering initiative, the sorority will be working with local Girl Scout councils around the country, aided by funding from the National Science Foundation. The initiative will be a focus of the sorority’s annual National Youth Symposium.

“Girl Scouting and Sigma Gamma Rho have the same goal: to build the nation’s future leaders by helping girls dream big and accomplish much today,” GSUSA Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chávez said in a statement. “We are delighted to be part of this partnership to help girls do great things in critical fields such as science, technology, engineering and math.”

“Response to Imagine Engineering has been terrific,” said Sigma Gamma Rho National President Bonita Herring. “We surveyed 250 girls who took part in the program, and more than two thirds of them said they now understood how ‘someone like me’ could become an engineer.”

For more information on GSUSA’s Imagine Engineering initiative visit Girlscouts.org/imagineengineering/.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.


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