Join us in dreaming big to fuel leadership opportunities for girls
The vision behind why Girl Scouts was founded has remained the same since its founding in 1912—to redefine what is possible for girls everywhere. Girl Scouts has grown to nearly 2 million girl members with over 50 million Girl Scout alums throughout the world. We are building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
Today, women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce yet are drastically underrepresented in many fields – including STEM, In-Demand jobs, and leadership roles:
- Just 18% of STEM leadership roles are held by women
- Women represent 15% of engineers and architects
- Only 12% of computer science degrees are earned by women
Less than a third of women students choose to study higher education courses in subjects like math and engineering
This is a $16M project, and we are currently working with community partners (public, private, etc.) to make this project a reality. We hope you will join us in dreaming big to fuel leadership opportunities for girls.
STEM programming helps our girls dream big:
91% of our girls reported confidence in STEM
86% of our girls reported awareness of the need for STEM literacy
86% of our girls say they are more interested in STEM Careers
With these facts in mind, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland has been Dreaming Big for girls’ futures through our Dream Big Transformational Initiative. Girl Scouts of the USA proposed a bold goal of putting 2.5 million girls in the STEM pipeline by 2025. Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland is supporting this initiative locally by creating a 220-acre immersive STEM and Leadership Campus in Western Franklin County at Camp Ken Jockety. Through this project, girls will have the tools necessary to create pathways to in-demand careers and bridge the gender gap in the STEM field. With access to cutting-edge programs, a safe place to learn new skills, and mentors encouraging them along the way, our girls will learn about jobs of the future to spark their interest and curiosity.
While this project will be led by GSOH, this immersive campus will be a true community resource for youth and community stakeholders. With the camp’s proximity to downtown Columbus, it can be utilized by schools, other non-profits, and community partners. This campus will serve as a place where STEM learning is accessible to our diverse community. This progressive programming will have tremendous impact on the diversity and growth of the Central Ohio workforce for generations.
With your help, the Dream Big Transformational Initiative will:
- Be a place of learning that is accessible to our diverse community
- Provide robust, unique training focused on in-demand jobs
- Be an immersive learning campus for our youth and community
- Engage girls and youth in STEM and leadership learning