• Raytheon engineers teach science and math to spark girls' career path

    The challenge: build an electrical circuit using only a coat hanger, a piece of wire, aluminum foil, a block of wood and two AA batteries. The engineers: Three sophomore girls from Desert View High School in Tucson, Arizona. Their coach: Karen Christensen, a senior systems engineer for Raytheon. The project is part of a Raytheon program that teaches young women the basics of engineering and encourages them to seek careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Throughout the school year, women from Raytheon Missile Systems visit four days a week, working with girls on projects including the construction of a miniature solar house and the design of a basic alarm system. Other areas of study include computer programming and physics. "STEM-related careers are often viewed by girls a…

    25 2014
  • Girl Scout qualities help build leadership skills

    by LISA SHADE Special to the Gazette on November 05, 2014 10:53 AM   The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. While the focus of the mission is on girls in grades K-12, adults can also feel more courageous and confident from being involved as a Girl Scout volunteer. Just ask Marie Miller, troop leader and service unit manager from Blairsville. Miller — who describes herself as shy and reserved — credits Girl Scouts with helping her be more confident in her ability to lead others. “If someone told me 10 years ago I’d be leading a Girl Scout troop, I wouldn’t have believed them,” Miller said. She didn’t consider herself to be “the leader type.” Despite her misgivings, she joined Girl Scouts to lead her daughter…

    06 2014
  • Advocacy Alert: Pass Charitable Giving Incentives

    Help Girl Scouts Send a Strong Message to Congress: Pass Charitable Giving Incentives Millions of individuals and families are served by the essential work of America's public charities such as Girl Scouts. This service is helped by incentives for charitable giving in our tax code. Thanks to your support, this past summer, in partnership with others from the nonprofit sector, Girl Scouts achieved an amazing victory when the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved charitable giving legislation. However, differences with the Senate stalled progress. Now, as Congress returns for a post-election session, we need your help to make these charitable tax provisions permanent. Girl Scouts is supporting the House-passed proposal in the American Gives More Act (H.R. 4719) that would extend…

    03 2014
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