The Connecticut Girls Collaborative Project is a vital resource for organizations in Connecticut that nurture girls’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The goals of the CGCP are to assist girl-serving organizations in sharing resources (and creative IDEAS!), to strengthen organizational capacity by sharing promising and best practices in content and pedagogy, and to leverage relationships to create synergy and become “the tipping point for gender equity in STEM.” The Connecticut Girls Collaborative Project is based upon a model developed by the National Girls Collaborative Project, funded by the National Science Foundation, and is one of thirty regional (mainly statewide) collaboratives across the country.
The CGCP was launched by the Girl Scouts of Connecticut (GSofCT) in 2008. Its project director, Ellyn Savard, Program Initiatives Manager at GSofCT, has over the last 6 years assembled an effective Collaborative Leadership Team and Champions Board, facilitated many successful conferences and overseen mini-grant awards to many Connecticut organizations. But beyond that, Ellyn has led the charge to create enduring connections between the people who care deeply about girls and women and their participation in STEM. In a time of scarce financial resources and scarcer time, working together has become ever more important to programs serving girls in STEM.
Ellyn and the GSofCT have decided to step down from coordinating the CGCP, and while we can never thank them enough for initiating such an important program, we can honor their work by picking it up from here and working hard to ensure it continues and grows.
To that end, CWEALF will now be the lead agency for the CGCP. While the details are still being worked out, CWEALF plans to convene existing partners, add others and shepherd the growth of CGCP. We are not certain of precisely what that means, but we are, in the ongoing spirit of the collaborative work that formed CGCP, looking to our partners to be engaged - as the community of women always is - to enhance girls’ interest in and pursuit of all things STEM. CGCP fits with our mission, and more importantly, with our passion.
Kudos to Ellyn - we will rely on her continued engagement. And to our Leadership Team, we will count on their creativity and partnership.
Here’s to an exciting new project for CWEALF - you’ll be hearing more soon!
For more info on the CGCP, click here.