Wilmington, NC (July 28, 2010) – Time Warner Cable and Girls, Inc. announced today a partnership to establish a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum for more than 60 members at the Girls, Inc. after-school facility.
Time Warner Cable is investing $25,000 in cash and in-kind resources through its new philanthropic initiative Connect a Million Minds (CAMM). The donation creates the Time Warner Cable Connect a Million Minds SMART Room and computer lab. The partnership includes a cash donation, new commercial grade cabinetry and paint, donated electrical work, a flat screen TV, promotional support- such as public service announcements, website exposure, and new counter space in the computer lab. Time Warner Cable employees are also volunteering to complete the improvements.
Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds initiative strives to connect youth to hands-on, experiential based STEM learning opportunities that enhance the skills they need to be the next generation of innovators.
“Time Warner Cable is thrilled to provide an opportunity for young girls to explore STEM opportunities in a new environment fitting of exploration of cutting edge technology, math and engineering practices. Women constitute 45% of the workforce and hold just 12% of science and engineering jobs in business and industry. We are hopeful programs like Girls, Inc. and CAMM will spark an interest in STEM careers in these young girls,” said Andi Curtis, public affairs manager for Time Warner Cable.
Operation SMART curriculum immerses girls in hands-on science activities discovering the world around them. Operation SMART opens the door for girls to experience and consider careers in science and technology. Girls have a chance to satisfy their curiosity about STEM and develop the personal tools necessary to pursue education and careers in STEM.
“Our partnership with Time Warner Cable will open up a new world of opportunities for the girls
here in Wilmington. The curriculum is engaging and will make the girls think about a career in STEM; a career that they may never have thought of,” said Sabrina Jacobs, executive director of Girls Inc.
Work done by Time Warner Cable volunteers to upfit the Time Warner Cable Connect a Million Minds SMART Room and computer lab will be completed at the end of August. Girls Inc. will begin delivering on the curriculum at the beginning of the new school year this fall.
About Connect a Million Minds
Time Warner Cable’s (TWC) Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy. Using its media assets, TWC creates awareness of the issue and inspires students to develop the STEM skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. Program highlights include: original PSAs that challenge public perceptions of STEM; a unique website, www.connectamillionminds.com, where parents and community members can pledge to connect young people with the wonders of science; “The Connectory”, a one-of-a-kind online resource that makes it simple and easy for parents and students to find informal science and technology learning opportunities in their communities; grants to support non-profit organizations that bring stimulating, high-quality and affordable after-school STEM learning to students; TWC employees, over 47,000 strong, who volunteer their time at community events like science fairs and robotics competitions, and share their passion for engineering and technology with students at CAMM career days. TWC’s national CAMM partners are CSAS (Coalition for Science After School) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Local TWC markets are activating CAMM across the country with community-specific programs and partnerships.
About Girls Inc.
Girls Incorporated of Wilmington has been in operation since 1951. We offer research-based programs to assist girls between the ages of four and 18 in developing positive self-identity and becoming self-sufficient adults. Our curriculum includes career and life planning, health and sexuality, leadership and community action, sports and adventure, self reliance and life skills, culture and heritage. This non-profit program offers girls a safe, educational after-school environment. The program is partially funded by grants and donors.
We serve more than 500 girls from the Cape Fear area in after-school and summer enrichment programs each year. Programming is based at our Castle Street facility, but we reach out to serve girls in Pender and Brunswick counties by combining efforts and resources with area schools, nonprofit agencies and volunteer organization.