Girl Scouts were represented by “The Supergirls,” a team of six-year old Girl Scout Daisies from Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma who invented a battery-powered page turner for people with arthritis, people who are paralyzed, or “people who have no arms”; and Lauren Prox, a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient whose project “Reaching New Altitudes” aims to reverse the small percentage of minorities and females participating in the fields of aviation and STEM.
The White House even tweeted about it!
But why is this work so important to Girl Scouts? According to Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, girls are aware that gender barriers persist: 57 percent say that if they were to go into a STEM career, they’d “have to work harder than a man to be taken seriously.”
And they’re right. Girls will still have to struggle with inequalities between the sexes. Girl Scouts is committed to doing something about this.
Along the way, our goal is to help millions of highly qualified young women launch and sustain careers in any field that attracts them, overcome barriers that confront them, and enter the ranks of senior leadership and thrive there. It’s what our country needs.
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Do something you love.
Investing your time and energy into something you’re good at and love doing is a great way to bring back your AWESOME. If you’re feeling in a bit of a funk today, try setting aside an hour or two to write, paint, read, play a game, take a class—anything you’re passionate about that can help you regain that almighty AWESOME center and remind you that yes, you are in fact AWESOME.
Hang out with people who see and bring out the best in you.
Sometimes we need those we love to remind us of our AWESOME. Surround yourself with people who care about you, who see you and appreciate you for who you are, who support you and lift you up. Spend time with those who bring out the best in you, and watch your AWESOME return to you in no time!
Exercise is a great way to collect your thoughts, spend time with yourself and your feelings, and detox from stress. Feeling not-so-AWESOME? That’s OK! Go for a scenic walk or run, take a fun exercise class, go on a hike, or do some quick at-home cardio. A little active, solo adventure is just what the doctor ordered to get you feeling like yourself again—your AWESOME self, that is!
Make a list.
Sometimes the most effective thing to do on a stressful day is to get literal and actually make a list of all the reasons you’re AWESOME. So go! Grab a pen and paper, and jot down 10 reasons your awesomeness is so real. Then put the list up on the fridge, on your bathroom mirror, in your glove compartment—anywhere you’re likely to run into it when you need a reminder.
Have a selfie date.
Selfies aren’t only for Instagram posts! Planning a selfie date is a great way to remember all your AWESOME. Carve out a little time and make yourself a nice, quiet lunch or dinner, watch your favorite movie with a big tub of popcorn, go to the library or a great bookstore and spend some time exploring, do some cool arts and crafts—whatever your heart desires! Dedicate just a few solid hours to your very first friend—YOU!—and watch how quickly you start to remember just how AWESOME you are.
Los Angeles nongovernmental organization Operation USA partners with Honeywell to rebuild school damaged by typhoon
Los Angeles, Calif., March 24, 2015—Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, in partnership with Honeywell, today announces the grand opening of the Ngolos Honeywell Elementary School in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, in the Philippines. The community school replaces a facility damaged by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November 2013.
Ngolos Honeywell Elementary School, which is staffed by eight teachers and serves more than 250 students in kindergarten through sixth grade, is more than 6,000 square feet in size and includes eight classrooms, an administrative office, two bathrooms, a playground and a basketball court. The school was designed to withstand winds up to 155 miles (250 kilometers) per hour, and has been designated as an evacuation center for the residents of Ngolos Barangay in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. Honeywell will continue to support the project through a 5-year term agreement.
Alex Pollack, Honeywell President of Indonesia, led the grand opening ceremony, joined by Richard Walden, CEO of Operation USA, and several project members and dignitaries, including: Christopher Sheen Gonzales, Mayor of Guiuan; Annaliza Gonzales Kwan, former Mayor of Guiuan; Kerry Kennedy, Director of Honeywell Hometown Solutions; and Esperanza Esquierdo, Ngolos Honeywell Elementary School Principal.
“Our children now have a beautiful school that will serve all future generations,” said Mayor Gonzales. “Thank you so much Honeywell and Operation USA for providing a safe and comfortable learning environment for the children.”
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, widely regarded as the largest storm ever to make landfall, Operation USA aided immediate relief efforts with the shipment of water purification tablets and other supplies to impacted communities before focusing long-term recovery efforts on the hard hit coastal municipality of Guiuan. The organization partnered with Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, for the school reconstruction project. More than 1,800 Honeywell employees supported the project by contributing to the Honeywell Humanitarian Relief Fund, which provides direct support to Honeywell employees and communities in need when a natural disaster strikes.
“Honeywell has demonstrated unwavering commitment to recovery efforts in the Philippines and without them this vital project could not have been realized,” said Walden. “We are honored to see the positive impact this project has had on the entire community of Guiuan, and we are proud to remain committed to the area in the months and years ahead.”
Operation USA has supported programs in the Philippines since 1986, providing health care support and famine relief as well as aiding disaster relief efforts following typhoons and other natural disasters.
The organization has previously implemented programs supporting education in disaster-stricken communities in the United States, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, China, India and Rwanda.
Honeywell has been a valued corporate partner—supporting Operation USA’s programs in several countries—since 2005.
“Honeywell helps to rebuild the lives of our employees and the communities affected by natural disasters,” said Pollack. “It is our hope that with the support of Honeywell Hometown Solutions and Operation USA, we can bring normalcy back to the children and families.”
To contribute to Operation USA’s ongoing recovery programs worldwide visit give.opusa.org or call 1-800-678-7255.
Photos and video available upon request.
About Operation USA:
Founded in 1979, Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately funded relief, reconstruction and development aid throughout the world. The Los Angeles based non-government organization offers material and financial assistance to community-based organizations that promote sustainable development, leadership and capacity building, income generating activities, education, health services, and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people. Learn more and donate at www.opusa.org.
About Honeywell Hometown Solutions
Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, focuses on five areas of vital importance: Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Science & Math Education, Habitat & Conservation, and Humanitarian Relief. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves. For more information, please visit www.honeywell.com/citizenship.
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Today, Honeywell is working closely with local distributors and dealers to provide products and services in the Philippines. Honeywell CEASA (Subic Bay) Company, Inc. employs about 20 employees locally. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.
A transcript from President Obama's remarks about "The Supergirls":
“I should give special mention to our Girl Scouts from Oklahoma. Where are those Super Girls? (Applause.) They’re standing up, but you can’t really see them -- (laughter) -- because they’re in kindergarten and first grade. They are today’s youngest scientists at six years old. They built their device out of Legos. They realized that some people who might be paralyzed or arthritic might have trouble turning pages on a book so they invented this page turner. It was awesome. It was working so well, despite the fact, as they pointed out -- this is a quote, they said, “This is just a prototype.” (Laughter.) That’s what they said. I said, well, how’d you come up with the idea? They said, well, we had a brainstorming session. (Laughter.) And then one of them asked, “Mr. President, have you had brainstorming sessions?” (Laughter.) I said, yes, but I didn’t come up with something as cool as this -- (laughter) -- an automatic page turner. Unbelievable.”
We agree Mr. President!
“In order to meet the growing energy consumption of the technology-savvy world, we need to promote new sources of energy,” she said. “If students of our generation become informed and call for a change, the future of cleaner energy may soon be here.”
During the many months she spent on the project, Jamielee followed scientific procedure and the engineering design process to devise the project, collect data, and construct the wind turbine. She shared her research at the Mastodon Regional Science and Art Fair, the largest fair of its kind in the country. And she not only competed at two international science fairs, she also gave a presentation to fourth-graders about wind energy, which enabled her project to reach an even wider audience.
“When I witnessed them realizing they could make a difference as students, I was thrilled to have been able to ignite that thought process in these young scientists,” she said. “I hope my message on renewable energy will continue to spread, exposing more citizens to the benefits of renewable energy.”
Thanks to our investors, Girl Scouts continues to be a place where girls like Jamielee are encouraged to explore creative solutions to local and even global problems. Each of our funders has joined with Girl Scouts as a part of the ToGetHerThere campaign, the largest fundraising campaign for girls in history, because they know that when girls succeed, so does society.
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A small minnow known as the Oregon chub recently became the 29th species to recover after being listed as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and the first fish to ever join those ranks. The Endangered Species Act, signed into law in 1973, is widely considered one of the most important pieces of U.S. environmental legislation ever enacted. This e360 photo gallery highlights the 21 species native to the United States, including the bald eagle (above), that have made recoveries strong enough to be removed from the endangered list.
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