Resolution #1 – Inspire more girls to follow a STEM path
Girls love STEM! A 2012 study found that, 74% of high school girls are interested in STEM fields. However, there is still a major disconnect between that high level of passion in high school and the number of women who earn degrees in STEM fields in college. In areas like engineering, computer science and physics, women only make up 20% of the degrees granted. In 2016 we want to be part of the solution to increase these numbers and inspire more women to enter STEM fields. By continually improving our engaging STEM programming with Community Partners, supporting dedicated volunteers and sharing inspiring stories about Alumnae in STEM fields, we are doing our part to help more women become STEM leaders of tomorrow.
Resolution #2 – Help girls become financially savvy women
We’ve seen amazing strides in female confidence when it comes to money. In a 2013 study, 80% of girls said they would prefer to make their own money than rely on someone else to support them. To help girls achieve these goals of financial independence, our second resolution is to make sure even more girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program to learn the 5 Skills!
These skills include Business Ethics, People Skills, Decision-Making, Goal Setting & Money Management. What an amazing world it would be if every girl mastered these skills before heading into adulthood! Girls like Mackenzie Barrera, a Daisy Girl Scout who sold 4,737 packages of cookies in 2015 (our top cookie seller), prove that learning through a program like this can ignite a passion.
Cookie season starts tomorrow, January 1, 2016, so we encourage all the adults reading to join us in this resolution and encourage a girl learning these skills by purchasing a package or more of our taste bud- tempting Girl Scout Cookies!
Resolution #3 – Make sure Girl Scouts is accessible to EVERY GIRL!
The mission of Girl Scouts is to develop women of courage, confidence and character, and that holds true for every girl. Our Founder, Juliette Gordon Low, firmly believed that any girl, no matter her race, socioeconomic status, religion or abilities, could be a Girl Scout. That’s why in 2016 we will work even harder to ensure every girl has the opportunity to be a Girl Scout.
By offering financial assistance to girls in need, improving our programs and properties and working with Community Partners to make new experiences within reach for girls, we can fulfill this goal. Visit our website to learn more about our Outreach troops and read this story about the power of a Girl Scout outdoor adventure for Outreach troops. You can join us by volunteering or giving a financial gift to help a girl thrive in Girl Scouts.
You still have a few hours left to make a 2015 tax deductible gift to Girl Scouts. If you have questions about a 2015 gift, please contact Vanessa Van Goethem-Piela (firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-759-3072).
What resolutions do you have for 2016? Share with us in the comments below! Have a safe and happy NYE celebration tonight!