Comstock's magazine 0818 - August 2018 - Page 83

united way california capitol capital region Helping kids reach new heights S erving 18 counties, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California (GSHCC) offers programs that educate and inspire girls ages 5-17 in a girl-only environment. GSHCC helps facilitate the four components of the Girl Scout program – STEM, life skills, outdoors, and entrepreneurship. Girl Scouts gives girls the key leadership skills needed for their futures— something that CEO Linda Farley calls the “Girl Scout Advantage.” “Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are critical to our future, and getting girls involved helps prepare them to become leaders in these fields,” says Farley. “This is about creating future opportunities for girls and filling a STEM workforce pipeline.” Girls Scouts has developed a new set of STEM-related badges and recently opened their first STEM Center + MakerSpace in Sacramento. A second center will soon open in Modesto, and a mobile STEM unit offering programs will begin traveling in late 2019. The life skills component of the Girl Scout program, encompassing civic engagement, community-based work, and more, also has a new badge set. Girl Scouts has been offering outdoor adventure programs since its inception more than 106 years ago. Outdoor activities such as rock climbing, white water rafting, riding horses and more, not only help build resilience and grit, they are fun. “We own two resident camps, covering more than 500 acres,” says Farley. Finally, the primary focus of the entrepreneurship component is the Girl Scout Cookie Program, the world’s largest girl-led business. By participating, girls learn goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills. YOURLOCALUNITEDWAY.ORG You don’t have to be a parent of a Girl Scout or a troop leader to make a difference in the lives of girls. Opportunities abound to support Girl Scouts. Join us today in investing in girls for a brighter future for us all. ( August 2018 | 83