Oct. 1, 2012
CONTACT: Megan Brown
Public Relations Manager
GIRL SCOUTS OF GREATER IOWA RECEIVES
$10,000 GRANT FROM BEST BUY CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
DES MOINES – Did you know that women represent only 25 percent of the technology-based work force? Thanks to a $10,000 grant from Best Buy, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa (GSGI) is working to change that statistic by getting more girls involved in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
At Best Buy in Ankeny on Saturday, Sept. 22 , local Girl Scouts and GSGI staff were on hand for a check presentation from the Best Buy Children’s Foundation Community Grants Program. The Grants program focuses on helping provide youth with access to technological opportunities.
“The Ankeny Best Buy and its employees are excited to award this grant to our local Girl Scouts. Many employers today express concern over the quality of the workforce. We want to take an active role in developing the workforce of tomorrow,” said Kim Marie Schulze, Home Sales Manager at Best Buy in Ankeny. “We are committed to helping students excel in school and develop life-long skills that will ensure their success as individuals and future leaders.”
According to the Girl Scout Research Institute and the Iowa Department of Education, 68 percent of girls in grades 4-8 demonstrate decreased interest in math and science courses. GSGI knows exposure to STEM is critical to girls’ success and interest in subjects involving science, technology, engineering and math, which is why their STEM initiative targets girls of all ages.
GSGI hosts several STEM related events each year, including ‘Geek Squad Academy,’ which serves as a collaborative effort between GSGI and Best Buy. The tech camp teaches girls in grades 4-8 how to use technology in creative and innovative ways. It aims at getting girls excited about STEM. This annual summer technology experience is the only program of its kind in Iowa.
“Our involvement with programs like Geek Squad Summer Academy gives girls the encouragement and opportunity to pursue careers associated with STEM fields,” Schulze said. “Watching young women develop through these programs is rewarding to our employees and allows them to support our culture of giving back to our community.”
Thanks to Best Buy’s generous gift, Girl Scouts will be able to continue to provide girls with opportunities like Geek Squad Summer Academy, ultimately helping girls prepare for future careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
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About Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa:
Serving girls in Central and Western Iowa, NE Nebraska and SE South Dakota, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa provides leadership programming to over 15,000 girls and 4,000 adult volunteers. It is a great time to be a Girl Scout and you can sign up at any time during the year. To find out more about our program, please visit our website at www.girlscoutsiowa.org or call us at 800-342-8389.
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 (800-478-7248) or visit www.girlscouts.org.
About Best Buy Children’s Foundation
The Best Buy Children’s Foundation is made possible through contributions from Best Buy retail store operations and special event fundraising. The foundation’s mission is to provide access to opportunities for teens through technology. The Community Grants program helps youth excel in school, engage in their communities and develop life and leadership skills.
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