Girls grow up to become women. We all know it’s true, but sometimes it’s hard to talk about the middle phase: puberty.
Whether you’re a parent, guardian or volunteer who works with girls, it can be a struggle to find the right words to help the girls in your life navigate the acne-clogged road to adulthood with the confidence and security they need to keep moving forward.
That’s where Girl Scout alumna Julie Metzger comes in.
As a professional speaker, nurse, author and co-founder of the youth-focused, Great Conversations, she’s been helping adults and kids navigate the important conversations about growing up for the last 25 years.
At Girl Scouts of Western Washington, we’re always looking for new ways to engage girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
So last spring, we gathered a group of girls together to talk science. They were in grades K-8 and from diverse, low-income communities where access to STEM opportunities is often limited. We didn’t tell the girls what the conversation was about beforehand—we wanted to see their immediate, real-time response to the idea of STEM programming.
When we introduced the word “science,” their reactions were alarming.
Several girls walked out. Others said we’d tricked them. Almost every girl said science was boring, and many said it was difficult, hard or frightening. Almost no one could describe what an engineer does.
We took those reactions as a challenge: how could we get these girls to engage with STEM—without scaring them off? Read more
Girl Scout alumnae and KEXP radio superstar Cheryl Waters shares her story—plus advice for any girl who wants to be a DJ!
What would it feel like to have a famous voice?
Would you be nervous knowing people as far away as Copenhagen and as close as Kirkland listen to your jokes, watch the live music sessions you organize and take your recommendations about which bands to check out?
Most people might be nervous, but if you’re Cheryl Waters, midday host and producer at KEXP, it’s just a day’s work.
But it’s a totally awesome day!