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Collinsville Girl Scout talks science with AT&T reps at national convention

Girls SCouts attFrom left, Cathy Coughlin, AT&T executive vice president and chief global marketing officer, Lauren Carter, Emily Fontes, Maria Zepeda, Samantha Belcher and Marachel Knight, AT&T vice president of Technology Reliability Centers.

GLEN CARBON – Lauren Carter, a Girl Scout from Collinsville, traveled to the Girl Scouts of the USA’s National Convention in Salt Lake City recently to participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Institute.

While at the convention, Lauren and three other Girl Scouts from Nevada, California and West Virginia met with senior AT&T representatives to talk about girls and Science, Technology, Engineering & Math programs.

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois was one of four councils nationwide that received a $72,000 grant from Girl Scouts of the USA and AT&T to advance Science, Technology, Engineering & Math for 200 girls in 10th-12th grades in the Collinsville and East St. Louis School District.

The grant is part of a partnership between GSUSA and AT&T through a program called Imagine Your STEM Future.

Lauren and other Girl Scouts had breakfast with Cathy Coughlin, a GSUSA board member and AT&T executive vice president and chief global marketing officer, and Marachel Knight, AT&T vice president of Technology Reliability Centers. Lauren shared about her Girl Scouting journey and STEM experiences and how both have positively impacted her.

As the result of a $625,000 national contribution from A&T Aspire — a longtime supporter of Girl Scouting — Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is implementing “Imagine Your STEM Future,” a program that aims to inspire girls to pursue STEM fields.

“We are thrilled to receive this Imagine Your STEM Future grant from GSUSA and AT&T,” said Micah Bolandis, director of Mission Delivery. “Today’s girls need programming that will introduce them to a variety of career options in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. GSSI has an extensive STEM program that allows girls to participate in a variety of STEM initiatives like programming robots, building bridges, candy chemistry and STEM Explosion Day Camp. More than 1,728 girls participated in a STEM program in the past year.”

“Imagine Your STEM Future” will provide after school STEM and mentoring activities to 800 girls in four councils across the country, 75 percent of whom are at-risk of dropping out of high school. This program will also increase local involvement of community and professional volunteers, and the program’s outcome will be measured by girls’ academic performance.

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