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Women make up 46% of the work force, but hold only 24% of technical jobs.  In the Girl Scouts, however, a full 100% of girls are encouraged to take an early interest in science, computers, engineering and math.  We connect girls with technology through resident camp at NASA Ames Research Center, hands-on robotics teams, in-school and after-school science programs and career exploration days, all of which give girls access to female role models in these fields.

Please consider a gift to support Girl Scouts of Northern California's mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Below are examples of how your support can help Girl Scouts achieve its mission. Gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consult your tax advisor as individual situations vary.

$16 could cover the registration fee for one girl to attend the When I Grow Up Girls Go Tech Career Exploration event at Chabot Space and Science Center.  In 2008, over 1,100 people attended this event.  Over 100 professionals from science and tech fields representing over 50 careers set up hands-on activities for the girls to learn about their careers.

$46 could support one girl participating in a 20-week program of hands-on science during our In-School Science programs. In 2008, we served 3,076 youth in 128 classrooms at under-resourced schools in Santa Clara County.

$250 could help our robotics team purchase needed parts for robots, pay tournament fees, and travel expenses. Our council currently has seven robotics teams - two are high school teams. We would like to increase the number of teams to include all girls who would like to join. During 2009 the Space Cookies (Girl Scouts of Northern California/NASA FIRST team) is raising money to travel to regional and championship competitions.

$500 could buy a Girls Go Tech "program in a box," developed in partnership with Techbridge, which includes everything a troop leader needs to help 20 girls start exploring science and technology, with activities like green design, electronics and circuitry and toy design, including snap circuits, soldering irons, glue guns, samples of green products and other necessary supplies.  $100 could replenish the consumable items in these "programs in a box."  Our goal is to have Girls Go Tech "programs in a box" available in every area of the Council and replacement supplies so that over 1000 girls can participate in these hands-on science and engineering activities during 2009.

$1,000 could send one girl to a NASA Ames Research Center resident program for aeronautics, robotics, or astrobiology.  Over the past 3 years, 150 Girl Scouts attended Launch into Technology, 50% of them attended on scholarships.

Please help us continue to help girls like Frenchcesca  - who has participated in Girls Go Tech programs through scholarships:

"All I know is that once I got to touch and be a part of science - I got really excited. . .
I appreciate Girl Scouts for having science programs for older girls that involved lots of hands on experiences . . . My mom says it only takes one act of kindness to change a person's life - Girl Scouts has proven her right."

Please help us continue to build girls who make the world a better place - your help today will help us take action tomorrow.  You can make a donation online by clicking here, or by mail to the Oakland Girl Scout office, 7700 Edgewater Drive Suite 340, Oakland, CA 94621

If you have questions about giving options, please contact Stephanie Chew, Senior Director of Gifts at or (510) 562-8470, ext. 115.

Gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consult your tax advisor as individual situations vary.