Girl Scouts and AT&T Unite to Advance Underserved High School Girls in STEM

Local Teens Benefit from $1 Million AT&T Contribution

to Girl Scouts of the USA

(Chattanooga, Tennessee)December 14, 2011: As women gravitate away from science and engineering toward other professions, experts say employment in STEM (science, technology,engineering, and math) fields will continue to grow.

The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians and AT&T have a new initiative to help 250 Chattanooga-area high school girls spark an interest in STEM careers. AT&T officials will present a $25,000 grant to Girl Scouts on Friday, December 16 at the council office (1936 Dayton Boulevard). The check presentation is at 9:40 a.m.

“The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians has some of the most promising young women who are eager to learn and make a positive impact in both their personal lives and future careers,” says council CEO Booth Kammann. “AT&T’s contribution enables us to expand our focus to help more girls explore educational and workforce options.”

Girl Scout volunteers will deliver the “IMAGINE: Your STEM Future” program free of charge in select highs schools. Activity kits showing hands-on activities for girls will be displayed at the check presentation.

The program is funded through a $1 million AT&T Aspire contribution to introduce 6,000 young women across the U.S. to career options in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. AT&T’s contribution is among the largest gifts ever made to Girl Scouts of the USA for STEM programs.

The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians is one of just 18 councils selected through a national competitive grant process to receive an IMAGINE Grant. Other Girl Scout councils participating in IMAGINE include those in Los Angeles,California; St. Louis, Missouri; and Dallas, Texas.

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. 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.
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