Google.org Supports STEM Education for Girls
Grant to support Girlstart’s regional expansion
Girlstart is honored to announce, thanks to a generous grant from Google.org, that more girls in Central Texas--as well as schools in two new cities--will be able to participate in Girlstart’s programs, which are dedicated to providing STEM education for girls.
Girlstart is one of several dozen organizations receiving grants from Google.org at the end of 2011. The grant is part of over $100M in total charitable giving from Google in 2011. Google.org’s $100,000 grant to Girlstart will permit expansion of Girlstart After School, reaching an additional 500 girls over two years. In addition, Google.org’s grant
will provide for scholarships for girls to attend our Girlstart Summer Camp, as well as provide for two weeks of full scholarship Girlstart Summer Camp ‘to Go’ in two new locations outside Austin. Information about these new cities will be announced in early 2012.
The grant award follows a recently released study on out-of-school time STEM education for girls in the U.S. that showed Girlstart to be a national leader. The study was commissioned to identify leading models for STEM education in the nation. Girlstart’s high-quality programs have the widest reach –serving more than 500 girls in 21 schools across Central Texas, with more schools to be added in Fall 2012 – of any after-school STEM program in the nation. In addition, Girlstart After School is distinct among
comparison programs by securing the involvement of parents, as well as each whole school community.