To encourage African-American girls to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers, the Girl Scouts of America and Sigma Gamma Rho, a national African-American sorority, have launched an initiative.
The two organizations will partner on the Imagine Engineering Initiative, which informs girls about engineering disciplines and careers, provides biographies about women who work in engineering careers, and guides parents and educators in how to stimulate girls' interest and knowledge in the subject. The National Science Foundation supports the engineering initiative with funding.
In addition, the Girl Scouts and Sigma Gamma Rho will be working together on some healthy-lifestyle programs targeting girls. The Girl Scouts of America has 3.2 million members across the country.
For more information on another out-of- school program that encourages underserved, minority girls to pursue STEM careers, read my story on Techbridge, a program based in the San Francisco Bay Area.