Delaware: Girl Power

Girls at Stanton Middle School in Newark have a good shot at beating the odds.

Across the world, fewer girls than boys continue in STEM subjects as they advance in their education. This disparity is part of the global shortage of workers prepared to fill the jobs of the 21st Century. Reversing it can be part of the solution.

Girls Inc. of Delaware is committed to keeping girls in school and motivating them to continue their education. Thanks to funding through the Community Advisory Committee for Dow's Newark Site, Girls Inc. will run a Thinking SMART Program for Stanton students in 2014. This extracurricular, interactive, project-based STEM education program helps girls increase their STEM literacy through group projects, development of a blog and experiential learning.

“The grant will allow us to bring more self-confidence to the girls that we serve, who may have challenges or who have never thought of STEM careers,” said Valerie Jermusyk, director of Advancement at Girls, Inc. “Dow’s support will open eyes and doors for these young women – and help their school and community at the same time.”

Community Advisory Committees serve as a link between Dow’s manufacturing sites and their neighboring communities. Through two-way dialogue, they comment on Dow’s operations and activities, while creating a mechanism for Dow representatives to provide information, obtain feedback and learn about community concerns

“Girls, Inc. brings something special to the table, as they really look out for the local community in both the short- and long-term by promoting active learning, especially in STEM subjects,” said Ray Johnson, a selection committee member and long-time member of the Newark CAC. “It’s just tremendous.”

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