Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is honored to have been selected as a STEM Advocacy Champion by Girl Scouts of the USA. The honor was bestowed upon 17 Councils nationwide by the GSUSA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office. This new national initiative equips and empowers Girl Scout Councils to lead efforts at the local and state level to increase girls’
involvement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by addressing and ultimately changing an issue that impacts the lives of girls in our area.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this nationwide initiative,” said Shelly Chenoweth Prichard, CEO, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. “Kansas is ripe with opportunities for girls to explore careers in aerospace, technology and engineering. And this isn’t just important for girls, it’s important for our state. State economic growth is driven through innovation that comes largely out of STEM fields.”

Girl Scouts is committed to ensuring that every girl has the opportunity to explore and build an interest in STEM. The strength of our nation depends on increasing girls’ involvement in STEM, to develop critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration skills that are important throughout life. While the percentage of careers that require advanced STEM education increases, an alarmingly high percentage of girls lose interest in STEM subjects early in their development.

If the United States is to maintain its competitive advantage in the global economy, we urgently need to ensure that our entire population of young minds, and especially girls, are educated in STEM fields. As a STEM Advocacy Champion, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland will build awareness and educate the community/state on the important issue of increasing girls’ involvement in STEM and look for policy solutions to the problem.