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As female labor force hits 33-year low, Amazon invests in the future of women as presenting sponsor of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas’ Girl Scout Leadership Institute


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Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) is proud to announce Amazon as the new presenting sponsor for the Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) during the 2021-2022 Girl Scout membership year. Amazon’s sponsorship will enhance leadership development programming, career exploration and job shadowing opportunities for high school girls throughout Northeast Texas. Girls will also have unique opportunities to connect with Amazon employees and corporate leader

In a time when women’s labor force participation hit a 33-year low, the investment in the future female workforce is essential now more than ever. Currently, women’s labor force participation rate is at 57%, with more than 2.3 million women having left the workforce since February 2020.

The GSLI program equips high school-age Girl Scouts to own their college, technical and trade, and career journeys by enabling them to engage with female mentors and learn about careers in a variety of fields, including emerging careers in STEM. Girls develop mentoring relationships, practice networking skills, and learn how to uplift other girls and women as they develop skills essential to workforce readiness.

The program’s signature component is a summer job shadowing and career exploration program, providing girls unique access to understanding careers at companies like Amazon. 

“Because of the Girl Scout Leadership Institute, I felt more prepared to pursue my intended career in college,” said Girl Scout alumni Kenedi Houston. Kenedi participated in career exploration, job shadowing and mentor programs through the Girl Scout Leadership Institute throughout her high school years.  “I was able to have real world experiences outside of the classroom that helped me explore the legal and communication career fields,” said Houston.

Nationally, women continue to be underrepresented in numerous STEM fields, especially in computer and engineering fields. According to a 2019 study by the Girl Scout Research Institute, girls are less likely than boys to see themselves as tech experts in their families, and girls in lower-income homes and girls in rural areas are less familiar with technology skills than other girls.

“Our partnership with GSNETX and the Girl Scout Leadership Institute represents our commitment to support and create opportunities for the future female workforce. This program has a proven track record of connecting girls with hands-on, relevant experience that will help build their confidence, open up career opportunities, and prepare them for the future,” said Vickie Yakunin, senior manager of external affairs for Amazon.

Girl Scouts are more likely than other girls to have an adult in their lives who helps them pursue their roles and think about their future. This is especially true for lower-income girls. Girl Scouts focuses on developing a strong sense of self, positive values, healthy relationships, challenge seeking opportunities, and strong community problem solving skills in girls – skills that have been proven to track at a higher rate among Girl Scouts than their non-Girl Scout peers.

The Girl Scout Leadership Institute was designed to elevate core programming experiences by connecting girls with career exploration, interviewing and networking skills, and mentors who can uplift and support each girl as they progress towards college or career. Girl Scout alumnae (of any tenure) are more active in community service and civic engagement and attain higher levels of education and income.

Media Contact
Amanda Duquette
214-991-2150 (mobile)
972-349-2452 (office)
aduquette@gsnetx.org

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