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Alcoa Foundation is providing a two-year grant to expand the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary Take Action Project Girl Scouts Forever Green globally to 20 countries. This grant will enable U.S. and international councils to work together and lead their families, schools and communities in improving the environment and protecting natural resources. This partnership directly aligns with Alcoa Foundation's environment theme to reduce, recycle and replenish.
Girl Scouts is harnessing its members' passion for preserving natural resources by engaging in this global community action project, focused on making a significant impact on the environment. Throughout the year, Girl Scouts across the globe will identify and lead service projects and events focused on the environmental priorities in their local communities.
Alcoa Foundation and Girl Scouts are working to identify 20 international and 20 U.S. councils that will be "twinned" throughout two years to work on Girl Scouts Forever Green projects. Twinning will enhance mutual understanding and sharing of ideas and learnings across geographic locations. Alcoa employees will also volunteer with local Girl Scouts to implement environmental community service activities.
The Girl Scouts Forever Green 100th Anniversary Take Action Project was created after Girl Scouts research found that an overwhelming number of girls said protecting the environment is a top priority. This was proven during the program's pilot years, when the national effort saved more than 1.8 million kWh of energy, eliminated more than 2.8 million pounds of CO2, eliminated over 700,000 pounds of waste and saved nearly 200,000 gallons of water.
In June 2013, Girl Scouts of the USA in partnership with Alcoa Foundation announced the inaugural Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship, which is available for Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who complete a Gold Award project that deals with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Through 2017, Alcoa Foundation will provide $10,000 scholarships to two girls a year. In addition to the financial support, an Alcoa employee will mentor the scholarship recipient during her freshman year of college.
Concluding a 40-year career with Alcoa and Reynolds Metals Company, the scholarship honors Chuck McLane, a retired Alcoa Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. McLane, a GSUSA Board member, championed this program in support of young women pursuing a STEM education. Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation share McLane’s commitment to inspire girls, women, and other under-represented groups on the journey to STEM-related careers.
In 2012, the Girl Scout Research Institute completed, “Generation STEM,” a national research report investigating girls’ perceptions, attitudes, and interests in the subjects and general fields of STEM from the voices of girls. The study finds that girls are interested in STEM and aspire to STEM careers, but need further exposure and education about what STEM careers can offer and how STEM can help girls make a difference in the world.
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open only to girls in high school, this prestigious award challenges a girl to change the world—or at least her corner of it, and be eligible for college scholarships, too. By the time a Girl Scout puts the final touches on her seven-step project, she will have solved a community problem—not only in the short term, but for years into the future.
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $21 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2012, a record 60 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,050 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 450,000 people and 2,050 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.