Cincinnati, Ohio (August 5, 2019) U.S. Bank recently gifted Girl Scouts of Western Ohio a $50,000 Community Possible grant to help expand its cybersecurity badge program. The grant is part of U.S. Bank’s new annual $1 million fund focused on organizations driving economic development across the country in the areas of workforce preparation, affordable housing and arts and culture.
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is dedicated to engaging girls in girl-led, cooperative, and experiential activities that promote their confidence, interest, and proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects, education, and careers. “In the next decade, the U.S. workforce will need 1 million new STEM professionals,” said Roni Luckenbill, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. “Yet, women are underrepresented in the STEM fields, holding less than 28% of all STEM jobs in the United States. Girl Scouts has a goal of adding 2.5 million girls to the STEM workforce pipeline by 2025, and this grant from U.S. Bank will ensure that more girls gain the skills and confidence needed to achieve that goal.”
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio will use the funds to expand its cybersecurity badge program empowering girls to pursue STEM careers by engaging them in cybersecurity workshops and networking with information security professionals. The expansion will include cities in the council’s greater Cincinnati region. Through the new annual Market Impact Fund, U.S. Bank invests $50,000 grants to 20 nonprofit organizations across the country. The new Fund is in addition to U.S. Bank’s Community Possible giving platform focused on grant cycles in the areas of Work, Home and Play.
“Establishing this new Fund allows us to further focus our efforts on supporting those organizations like Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, which are working to close historical economic gaps in the areas of greatest need,” said Mike Prescott, Cincinnati Market President for U.S. Bank. “Our communities are stronger when people have jobs, stable housing and when their communities are connected through the arts, recreation and play. Our goal is to give larger grants to create meaningful local impact working with and through market leaders and nonprofit organizations who know their communities the best.”
We're Girl Scouts of Western Ohio—the 6th largest Girl Scout council in the country, with more than 39,000 girl members and more than 11,000 adults in 32 counties throughout western Ohio and southeastern Indiana who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ 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. Chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA, we’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And as a United Way-funded agency, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit gswo.org, or follow Girl Scouts of Western Ohio on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
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