Science Club for Girls selected as Root Cause’s 2012 Social Innovator and for Be The Change Award December 14, 2011Posted by Science Club for Girls in SCFG News.
Tags: awards, girls, social innovation, STEM
Science Club for Girls was recognized by Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum as one of six innovative, results-oriented nonprofit organizations in greater Boston on December 9, 2011.
More than 70 social issue experts reviewed over 120 applications to select this year’s six Social Innovators, who will each receive more than $100,000 in cash and capacity-building services from Root Cause and its partners over the next 12 months.
Science Club for Girls also received the Be The Change Award from the MA Conference for Women, sponsored by Canyon Ranch, on the same day
Science Club for Girls was selected for its work to increase the confidence and literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for K-12 grade girls by connecting them to female role models through hands-on explorations and field trips. STEM track sponsors, the Amelia Peabody Foundation and Microsoft New England Research and Development Center will provide SCFG with a $10,000 cash grant.
“Root Cause is pleased to have selected Science Club for Girls as a part of our 2012 portfolio”, said Susan Musinsky, Director of the Social Innovation Forum. “We are looking forward to supporting Connie Chow in her vision and plans for growth and excited to be highlighting the importance of STEM education and enrichment in the greater Boston area”.
The Social Innovation Forum provides promising local nonprofit leaders with opportunities to build the capacity of their organizations through consulting, executive coaching, and other in-kind services. It also introduces these social innovators to a community of leaders from philanthropy, government, and business who are committed to offering their own skills, networks, and resources to advance the social sector.
“We are at a point in our organization’s growth where the resources, intellectual power and network that accompany the award are certain to propel us to the next stage and set us up to serve more girls, more meaningfully”, says Connie Chow, executive director of Science Club for Girls and selected Social Innovator.
The 2012 Social Innovators in the other five social issue tracks include TEMPO Young Adult Resource Center, Cooking Matters MA, The LGBT Aging Project, WorkExpress, a program of Father Bill’s & MainSpring and InnerCity Weightlifting.
Science Club for Girls also received the Be The Change Award from the MA Conference for Women on December 9th. “It is so important to introduce girls to science”, said Renee Connolly of EMD Serono and board member of the Conference, during the award presentation.
The Award recognized three non-profit organizations for “helping women and girls achieve their full potential and exemplify compassion and commitment to improving the lives of the people in their communities”. The other awardees were Big Sister Association of Greater Boston and St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children. Canyon Ranch is the sponsor of the award.
Watch the video about Science Club for Girls produced by the MA Conference for Women.