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Feb 29, 2012

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and AT&T Partner with LA's Promise to bring STEM to Girls in Underserved Communities!

GSGLA is working with LA's Promise, a non-profit working to radically shift the education, health and social outcomes for thousands of youth in one South Los Angeles community, to recruit girls from Manual Arts Senior High and West Adams Preparatory

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What:

"IMAGINE: Your STEM Future" and having a career in the sciences... This is exactly what the young women of Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA) will soon explore.

Thanks to a $1 million AT&T Aspire contribution to the Girl Scouts of the USA, local Girl Scouts will benefit from an educational curriculum designed to help students imagine a future STEM career and motivate them to take additional STEM courses in high school and college. The purpose is to open doors to new career options for girls. AT&T's contribution is among the largest gifts ever made to Girls Scouts of the USA going toward STEM programs.

GSGLA is working with LA's Promise, a non-profit working to radically shift the education, health and social outcomes for thousands of youth in one South Los Angeles community, to recruit girls from Manual Arts Senior High and West Adams Preparatory High. GSGLA is also working with schools in the Pomona Unified School District to recruit more girls to attend this fabulous event. GSGLA has teamed up with AT&T employees, the Society of Women Engineers at Cal Poly Pomona and the American Female Medical Association at Western University to facilitate interactive activities and visual experiments, such as extracting DNA from a banana. Some of the girls attending may have never been on a college campus before. Guest speakers, including the Mayor of Pomona, will kick off the event, and help inspire over 250 local high school girls, who are expected to benefit from the program.

Who:

Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, AT&T employees & Local Media

When:

Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 10:00am - 4:00pm. Opening ceremony will be from 10:00-10:30am.

Where:

College of Engineering, Cal Poly Pomona University, 3801 W. Temple Avenue Pomona, CA 91768-2557

Background:

Currently, minority students and women are gravitating away from science and engineering toward other professions. This trend could pose a future workforce crisis since employment in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields is increasing at a faster pace than in non-STEM fields.[1] Educational experts say the U.S. must increase proficiency and interest in these areas to compete in the global economy.

About Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts will celebrate a century of leadership in 2012 with events happening throughout the US. GSGLA will host a number of centennial celebrations in the Greater Los Angeles area including Girltopia; a float entry in the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade; a Women of Distinction event honoring former Girl Scouts and industry leaders; a nd a council-wide Camporee. For more information on 100th Anniversary opportunities, visit www.girlscoutsLA.org. .

About Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles serves more than 40,000 girls in partnership with 24,000 adult members from more than 350 diverse communities of Los Angeles County and parts of Kern, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles is the largest girl-serving non-profit agency in Los Angeles, and operates seven Service Centers, 14 Program Centers, and four campgrounds spanning 4,000 square miles. To join, volunteer, reconnect or support, visit www.girlscoutsLA.org or call 1-888-GSGLA-4-U.

About LA's Promise

LA's Promise is a nonprofit organization working to radically shift the education, health and social outcomes for thousands of youth in one South Los Angeles community. LA's Promise transforms chronically failing public schools, opens new schools and remakes schools into community hubs that offer comprehensive support services for students and families. LA's Promise will prepare every child in LA's Promise Neighborhood to be college-ready, healthy and successful in life. For more information on LA's Promise, please go to www.laspromise.org.

[1]Report To The President, Prepare And Inspire: K-12 Education In Science, Technology, Engineering, And Math (Stem) For America's Future; President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology; September 2010