U.S. Bank recently gifted Girl Scouts of Western Ohio a $50,000 Community Possible grant to help expand its cybersecurity badge program. The grant is part of U.S. Bank’s new annual $1 million fund focused on organizations driving economic development across the country in the areas of workforce preparation, affordable housing and arts and culture.
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is dedicated to engaging girls in girl-led, cooperative, and experiential activities that promote their confidence, interest, and proficiency in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects, education, and careers.
“In the next decade, the U.S. workforce will need 1 million new STEM professionals,” said Roni Luckenbill, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. “Yet, women are underrepresented in the STEM fields, holding less than 28% of all STEM jobs in the United States. Girl Scouts has a goal of adding 2.5 million girls to the STEM workforce pipeline by 2025, and this grant from U.S. Bank will ensure that more girls gain the skills and confidence needed to achieve that goal.”
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio will use the funds to expand its cybersecurity badge program empowering girls to pursue STEM careers by engaging them in cybersecurity workshops and networking with information security professionals. The expansion will include cities in the council’s greater Cincinnati region. Through the new annual Market Impact Fund, U.S. Bank invests $50,000 grants to 20 nonprofit organizations across the country. The new fund is in addition to U.S. Bank’s Community Possible giving platform focused on grant cycles in the areas of Work, Home and Play.
“Establishing the Market Impact Fund allows us to further focus our efforts on supporting those organizations like Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, which are working to close historical economic gaps in the areas of greatest need,” said Mike Prescott, Cincinnati Market President for U.S. Bank. “Our communities are stronger when people have jobs, stable housing and when their communities are connected through the arts, recreation and play. Our goal is to give larger grants to create meaningful local impact working with and through market leaders and nonprofit organizations who know their communities the best.”