Live Webcast Provides Teens a Platform to Discuss Issues that Matter to Them


November 8, 2003

Ellen Christie/Ursula Castrillon
Girl Scouts of the USA

Melissa Eigen
Westfield Shoppingtown South Shore

Bayshore, N.Y.—Today, Long Island teens examine issues and concerns relevant to them at the second STUDIO 2B webcast live from Westfield Shoppingtown South Shore mall. Hosted by Karen Bokram, editor of Girls' Life Magazine, and infused with teen celebrity interviews, the worldwide webcast is part of STUDIO 2B—the newest Girl Scout program option designed specifically for girls 11-17.

The webcast is the second STUDIO 2B event of its kind and is generously sponsored by Westfield Shoppingtowns. Teens from all over the country can log on with questions on issues they noted as relevant on the STUDIO 2B Web site. Topics include dating, relationships, and dealing with stress. After the 25–minute webcast, Suffolk County members of STUDIO 2B will participate in group activities to learn how to deal with stress and heighten self-esteem.

STUDIO 2B is for tween and teen girls who want to connect with each other, find their own voices, pursue individual interests, and gain the self-confidence they need to take on their futures.

The girls, divided according to the stages of adolescence: 11-13, 13-15, and 15-17, are in charge—deciding, with the help of volunteer mentors ages 18-29 and other adults, how their group is organized and what activities they will pursue based on their interests and conversations.

Westfield Shoppingtown South Shore is owned by Westfield America Trust (ASX: WFA). WFA owns a majority interest in the Westfield America portfolio of 65 centers, branded as Westfield Shoppingtowns. Westfield Shoppingtowns are home to over 8,500 specialty stores and encompass more than 65 million square feet in the states of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Washington.