Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana (GSNI-M) is the proud recipient of a $24,000 grant awarded by 1st Source Bank. Larry Mayers, 1st Source Fort Wayne Regional President, presented the donation to Girl Scouts CEO, Sharon Pohly and Director of Development, Jill La Fountain.
The grant will support two major programs within the council – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Conference in Kosciusko County for girls grades K-8, and the New Girl Scout After School Community Troops. Both programs are designed to help further the mission of Girl Scouts of building girls of courage confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
47% of girls surveyed in a “Generation STEM” study revealed they are afraid to be the only girl in a STEM class, and 46% said they have never met a woman in a STEM career. In order to encourage girls to pursue their interest in math and science, GSNI-M has developed a STEM initiative to foster girls’ interest in STEM while empowering them to pursue STEM careers.
In the After School Community Troop program, girls will explore the three keys to leadership (Discover, Connect, Take Action) by completing the experiences associated with the leadership awards built in to the GSUSA National Leadership Journeys. Girls will also explore opportunities to change their communities via the activities in the GSUSA National Leadership Journeys.