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GSNC Receives $10,000 Contribution from AT&T in Support of STEM Education Initiative


Garden City, NY (November 2017) – Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) recently received a $10,000 contribution from AT&T in support of its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Initiative. This is the fourth year AT&T has contributed to GSNC’s STEM Education Initiative. Girl Scouts introduces girls of every age to STEM experiences relevant to everyday life, and with the financial support from AT&T, girls have the opportunity to attend multiple programs designed to offer a unique opportunity to learn from and interact with professionals in STEM-related career fields.

“STEM is a vital part of the GSNC program, and we are extremely grateful to AT&T for its continued support and generous contributions to our STEM Education Initiative,” said Girl Scouts of Nassau County Interim Chief Executive Officer, Deborah Goldsmith. “This significant support provides Girl Scouts the opportunity to discover STEM related experiences, which will hopefully lead girls to a lifetime of appreciation for science, technology, engineering and math.”

AT&T’s ongoing support of GSNC’s STEM Education Initiative is part of the Company’s legacy of supporting educational programs focused on STEM disciplines in New York through AT&T Aspire, the Company’s signature $400 million philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism and mentoring. With more than 1 million students impacted since its launch in 2008, Aspire is one of the nation’s largest corporate commitments focused on school success and workforce readiness by creating new learning environments and educational delivery systems to help students succeed and prepare them to take on 21st century careers. While career opportunities in STEM and computer science fields are growing, the barriers to accessing the education required to pursue those opportunities remain high, especially for women and children of color. That’s why AT&T has been a long-time supporter of bridging gender and diversity gaps in STEM education – supporting many summer and after school STEM education programs reaching students across the state.

“Tech is one of the fastest growing fields in the country and there are incredible opportunities for women to grow and advance. We continue to support the Girl Scouts of Nassau County STEM program because we know that to empower women to succeed in tech, it is critical to encourage a love of science from an early age. By providing access to STEM skills and nurturing their passion, we hope that they will one day be able to pursue their dream careers,” said Marissa Shorenstein, President, AT&T-East Region.

GSNC designs STEM-specific programs to fit the unique interests and education levels of girls from Daisy to Ambassador. The contribution from AT&T will provide GSNC’s older girls with unique opportunities to participate in a multitude of programs aimed to expand their overall knowledge of STEM related subjects.  Programs for older girls include FIRST Robotics Teams where high school girls participate at the FTC level to design, build and program robots, model a real-world engineering process, apply math and science concepts and compete against other teams.  Each year GSNC’s hosts an Annual STEM Conference, Imagine Your Possibilities.  Here, future scientists, engineers, programmers, coders, physicians, med-techs and aviation mechanics meet, interact with and are inspired by positive women role models who excel in a wide variety of STEM careers.  They also participate in interactive classes on a wide-range of STEM related topics designed to offer interesting and fun hands-on learning experiences. GSNC also has unique STEM partnerships, including the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health, which offers girls in grades 10 and 11 a unique chance to explore careers in the fields of science and medicine.   

For more information about GSNC’s STEM Initiative, please contact Patty Donohue-Brown, brownp@gsnc.org or 516.741.2550 ext. 273.

We’re the Girl Scouts of Nassau County: We’re 23, 000 strong – 18,000 girls and 5,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™  from Nassau County to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout Troop, and every year since we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls.  And with programs in Nassau County, across Long Island and throughout the United States and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.

To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, visit www.gsnc.org or contact Donna Rivera-Downey at 516 741-2550.

About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T

AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issues, including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. Through Aspire, we’ve passed the $250 million mark on our plan to invest $400 million in education from 2008-2017.