Empower Girls in STEM with Free Being Me Scholarships
Organized by: Sophie Sanchez
I've been a Girl Scout volunteer for 15 years, a member for 27 years, and for the last two years have focused on creating and bringing more STEM programming to the scouts I work with, and the leaders that work with them. In that time, I've juggled with the knowledge that I was handling confidence and self esteem issues the girls had 50% of the time, and STEM activities the remaining 50% of program time.
I turned to my mentors in scouting for help and support to better serve girls. They introduced me to the Free Being Me program, a partnership Dove has formed within the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. I was recommended for, accepted to participate in, and will represent the Girl Scouts of the United States in India for FBM training. As part of that training I will put what I've learned to use with girl mentors in India and then return home to integrate what I've learned into the STEM programming I create for girls.
About the Free Being Me Program
Free Being Me is a global badge program created by the Dove self esteem project and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Young adults and women working in a leadership role with girls receive training to run the program for girls aged 7-14. As part of FBM, girls participate in activities to grow self esteem and body confidence, empowering them to challenge the myth of the perfect looking woman and the idea that they are limited in life by their looks.
What I Am Raising Funds For
I was invited to participate in this program because of the advocacy work I already do, and my travel costs have been provided for; I am not raising funds for my own travel. Instead, my goal is to raise funds to provide scholarships for other young women. WAGGS, and the center I am attending in India, hosts women from around the world, but also provides training to local women that work with girls in many different capacities. I want to pay it forward and raise scholarship money to provide training for a couple of women from the community, and then other WAGGS members that are making a difference with girls but cannot afford the costs.
This journey started way before India for me, but I have the feeling this experience is going to change my life and be a journey that is always with me.
Can't give but want to help?
If you are not able to contribute financially, I would love it if you could share my fundraising goal. Also, I've done several social media or funraising for good collabs with folks so if you have something in mind, lmk!