On June 2, 2018, hundreds of young economically disadvantaged girls in Chicago had the opportunity to become innovation detectives during a STEAM-focused career day, sponsored by Kellogg.
Girls participated in interactive sessions designed to bring to life what they learned through their participation in the “Healthy Girls, Bright Futures” program, developed by Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI).
All girls at the event were presented with the challenge of developing a wholesome breakfast item. Girls answered the challenge by rotating through six interactive stations, which included product development, purchasing, marketing, sales, production and prototyping.
In the final prototyping session, the girls were shown how to create a 3D image of their packaging concept. They then used craft supplies to produce their idea. Once they had a working model, they presented it to the Kellogg’s leadership team.
The Kellogg-sponsored event gave girls “the chance to ‘see’ their futures, with Kellogg’s employees serving as program facilitators and mentors for the girls,” says Wendy Davidson, President U.S. Specialty Channels, Kellogg Company. “It was so inspiring to see these young girls collaborate with Kellogg’s employees every step of the way to explore different aspects of product development.”
Nancy Wright, CEO of GSGCNWI, adds that the day was a great experience for the girls. She says, “I’m so proud of all the Girl Scouts who participated in the career day, and I am sure that we fueled their entrepreneurial spirit.”
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana and Kellogg share the belief that every girl should be given the same opportunity regardless of her background. Girls who participated in the Kellogg’s career day were able to see opportunity and actually live it.
We look forward to seeing the girls rise to more challenges in the near and bright future.
About “Healthy Girls, Bright Futures”
“Healthy Girls, Bright Futures” is part of the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana GirlSpace initiative and is was launched in 2017, 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.