Girl Scouts bring career program to Long Island City school
From LIC/Astoria Journal, November 5, 2013. By Andrew Pavia.
The Girl Scouts have teamed up with the new Hunters Point Community Middle School in Long Island City to bring resources to underprivileged youth.
Students will take part in the expansion of the Girl Scouts’ Career Exploration Program (CEP), a three-year, in-school program that aims to broaden the scope of career options available to disadvantaged young girls.
“This program provides girls with a number of important opportunities, including organized and effective empowerment curriculum that includes literacy and social skills, field trips with career readiness focus, and built-in systems to involve students in community service and college skill building,” said Sarah Goodman, principal of Hunters Point Community Middle School.
The initiative began when the Girl Scouts made a presentation last spring in an attempt to work with the school. When prospective students and their families were ranking their top three choices when it came to what club they were interested in, the Girl Scouts was among the most popular choices.
“Our school, like Long Island City as a whole, is very diverse and we have targeted this program to the girls we believe will most benefit from this opportunity,” said Goodman.
Currently the school only has a 6th grade class, but will add students from 6th to 8th grade within three years. The school expects to have 15 girls participate in each grade, meaning that roughly 45 students will be involved in the Girl Scout program by the 2015-2016 school year.
In addition to the inclusion of CEP at Hunters Point Community Middle School, six other schools are participating in the program in Queens, Bronx and Brooklyn.
“Middle school is a pivotal time for girls when it coms to determining their future education and career prospects,” said Barbara Murphy Warrington, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York. “With CEP expanding, middle school girls in three more schools and two more boroughs will now have the opportunity to experience the full range of careers available to them.”