Whether they’re discovering how a car’s engine runs, how to manage finances, learning to code, building an app, or exploring careers in STEM fields, girls are fast-forwarding into the future.
However, without local community support, Girl Scouts’ STEM programs would not be able to reach as far or as wide.
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a long-time community partner that is investing in New Jersey’s youth. This year, a generous contribution of $20,000 will help expand STEM learning opportunities and experiences for girls of all ages.
Because of this community science and technology grant, thousands of Girl Scouts throughout central and southern counties of the state will participate in STEM-related activities and programs to learn about important concepts in science, robotics, and engineering.
Michele Cleary, Head, Clinical Translational Technologies & Operations, Bristol-Myers Squibb notes, “Support for science and technology education, and in particular hands-on inquiry based learning, is a priority for our Community Grants program as well as for our company.”
“We are investing in the next generation of STEM professionals who will join our mission to help patients who are facing serious disease,” Cleary added.
“It has always been important to Girl Scouts that programming gives the girls a chance to lead, a time to learn and work together, and an option to learn-by-doing,” she continued. “Girl Scouts and BMS’ unique alignment stems from the importance of STEM and the focus of hands-on education in life-changing fields.”
Kimberly Bryson, Chief Mission Officer for GSCSNJ says, “We are so grateful for the partnership with Bristol-Myers Squibb because it provides the resources needed for girls to experiment with new things and ignite their curiosity.”
“It is imperative to a girl’s leadership growth to have female role models involved in their practical learning experiences who help foster their interest and build their confidence in fields that are largely male-dominated,” Bryson said.
“With funds from BMS, we can ensure that troop leaders and community volunteers are equipped with the right tools to guide girls into STEM-related education and future STEM careers.”
GSCSNJ’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
To find out how your girl can join Girl Scouts’ STEM programming, call at 856-795-1560, or visit www.gscsnj.org to get started.
For more information about Bristol-Myers Squibb, visit www.BMS.com.