The vision of the NGCP is to bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). An intense recruitment and selection process began Fall 2005 to identify sponsoring organizations to lead local collaboratives. The organizations selected to host local collaboratives are impressive in their knowledge, experience, and diversity. As a group, the local collaboratives have an extensive network of organizations and individuals engaged in pursuing this common goal and the opportunity to share with and learn from each other. They vary in focus areas and populations served and include higher education institutions, community-based organizations, private non-profits, but all work to STEM.
The Franklin Institute's CISL is a premier center for science learning research, program development, and educational services. Founded in 1995, CISL has sustained cumulative research and programs in four areas of national focus in science education: teacher development, educational technology, gender and family learning, and youth leadership. In keeping with the mission of The Franklin Institute, the core philosophy of all Center for Innovation programs is the commitment to inquiry learning in science.
With funding from the National Science Foundation, the Educational Equity Center (EEC) at FHI 360 is leading a five year initiative to broaden and sustain girls' interest and persistence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM): Great Science for Girls: Extension Services for Gender Equity in Science through After School Programs (GSG). To reach a large national audience, GSG will work with regional intermediary organizations that provide services to networks of afterschool centers. GSG will provide: professional development institutes; ongoing technical assistance; a state-of-the-art interactive website; access to evidence-based STEM curricula; and a handbook of best practices.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Founder Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout Troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia. Today, there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts—2.3 million girl members and 880,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers. In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Through a myriad of enriching experiences, such as extraordinary field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships, girls grow courageous and strong. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.
Turning ideas into action, 4-H youth are becoming everyday heroes who persevere through challenges to leave lasting, positive impacts on the communities they inhabit and motivate others along the way. Through the work of caring mentors, 4-H - a positive youth development organization - is cultivating a growing number of America's youth to lead us in a Revolution of Responsibility. Their unparalleled commitment challenges us all to join the movement toward meaningful change.