NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2014 – Girls Inc., the nonprofit that inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold, has received a one year, $500,000 grant from Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] to strengthen its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming for 500 girls ages 9-12.
Lockheed Martin’s new financial commitment comes on the heels of a successful 2013 pilot program, which paired program participants with Lockheed Martin mentors at five Girls Inc. locations. At the conclusion of that program, girls reported increased interest in studying STEM, positive experiences with female role models and a heightened awareness that a STEM career is a good choice for girls.
Building on the success of the pilot program, Girls Inc. will work with ten affiliates that will each offer multiple sessions of the 16 hour Science, Math and Relevant Technology (SMART) Partners program throughout the yearlong grant period. This new partnership will ensure that significantly more girls consider and are interested in pursuing STEM careers.
“We are thrilled to partner with Lockheed Martin, a leader in innovation, and their dedicated employees to bring critical exposure to STEM fields and professionals, helping more girls fully unleash their talents in these areas,” said Judy Vredenburgh, Girls Inc. President and CEO. “When girls walk away from STEM, we all lose out. At Girls Inc., we know that a big part of the solution is to give girls both hands-on experience exploring STEM and access to diverse role
“At Lockheed Martin we understand the importance of investing in programs that help instill confidence in STEM in girls at a young age – and inspire them to consider a STEM career,” said Lockheed Martin Vice President Sharon Watts. “Our nation’s future competitiveness depends on a highly diverse STEM workforce.”
Program sites include Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Huntsville (Alabama), Philadelphia / Southern New Jersey, Pinellas Park (Florida), Syracuse (New York), and Washington D.C. An additional virtual site will be added later in 2014.
About Girls Inc.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 138,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and real solutions to the unique issues girls face. Girls Inc. gives girls the right tools and support to succeed, including trained professionals who mentor and guide them in a safe, girls-only environment, peers who share their drive and aspirations, and research-based programming. At Girls Inc., girls learn to set and achieve goals, boldly confront challenges, resist peer pressure, see college as attainable, and explore nontraditional fields such as STEM. Informed by the experiences of girls and their families, Girls Inc. works with policymakers to advocate on key legislation and initiatives.
With Girls Inc. in her corner, every girl can be healthy, educated, and independent. Join us at girlsinc.org.
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.
Contact: Cheryl Blowers, Girls Inc.
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John Torrisi, Lockheed Martin
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