Chicago pilot program helps girls see a bright future



How often has opportunity knocked on your door? Once or maybe a few times?

Opportunity can present itself at any moment. But you have to see it to take advantage of it.

Some 2,000 economically disadvantaged girls in Chicago are starting to see the opportunities and bright futures in front them, thanks to a new pilot program developed by Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNI).

“Healthy Girls, Bright Futures” is part of the council’s GirlSpace initiative and is being launched this fall, with the support of Little Brownie and Kellogg’s. The program takes place after school and will span a full year. Curriculum is focused on four topics, including STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), Life Skills, Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship.

We’re contributing to curriculum that helps girls learn to how to make a budget and explore career options, including leadership roles in food science, package engineering and manufacturing and distribution.

While the subjects are varied, all learning sessions will have an overarching theme of healthy living. We’re helping in this area by offering girls insights on how they can learn to make good decisions about the food they eat.

Little Brownie and Kellogg’s will also sponsor a Career Exploration Day and other special events.

We see the partnership as a tremendous opportunity to continue our support of councils in their efforts to inspire girls to succeed.