Bloomington, Ind., August 15, 2017 — The Bloomington North Rotary and Rotary International granted Girls Inc. of Monroe County with $5,000 toward STEM programs during the 2017 summer camp for girls age 6 to 12. The funding allowed camp staff to add enhance the activities during STEMtastic Camp and STEMinists at Work Camp.
STEM-related activities are a key aspect of all Girls Inc. of Monroe County programming. STEM programming assists girls in exploring non-traditional career options, retaining their early interest in science and math, and in developing critical thinking. In addition, these programs provide support and encouragement to girls in developing a plan for their future, and in developing skills that will help them to realize their goals.
“Women are largely underrepresented in STEM fields, as we know”, says Amy Stark, Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Monroe County. “Support fro the Bloomington North Rotary and Rotary International provides girls with experiences and enrichment that makes STEM classes more accessible, and more fun, for our girls.”
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. The Bloomington North Rotary Club was established in 1974 and meets Thursdays at noon in the Indiana Memorial Union.
Girls Inc. of Monroe County has served girls in Monroe County since 1975. More than 600 girls from age five to eighteen participate in activities and sports at its West 8th Street center and in schools and agencies throughout Monroe County. Girls Inc. offers interactive, research-based activities that provide academic enrichment and instruction in healthy living and life skills. For more information about Girls Inc. of Monroe County, visit the website at http://girlsinc-monroe.org.