Girls Inc. of Long Island Receives $37,500 National Grid Grant for STEM Programs for Girls

Written by Neela M. Lockel  |  01. July 2013

Deer Park, NY - July 1st, 2013 -  National Grid, a partner of the national organization, Girls Inc., has teamed up with Girls Inc. of Long Island (GILI) to expand their Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) programming to include a STEM summer camp. 

Their $37,500 grant will not only support the delivery of comprehensive, hands-on STEM programming throughout the academic year to select school districts, but will also support Girls Inc. Summer Initiatives to include STEM programming. 

This summer, some of those programs will include field trips, a summer camp partnership with Brookhaven National Labs, and workshops delivered to community based summer camps for young girls. 

"National Grid is excited to work with Girls Inc. in the effort to encourage young girls to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math careers," said Mauri Myers-Solages, Corporate Citizenship Manager of New York, National Grid. "We are committed to supporting initiatives that will inspire the next generation of engineers and talent needed to help support the nation's energy delivery system.”

GILI is most pleased to welcome Kathy Wisnewski, Community Customer Manager for National Grid, to our Board of Directors.   "Kathy brings a wealth of energy and innovative ideas for Girls Inc. as we continue to grow on Long Island," said Neela Lockel, Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Long Island.  Kathy has almost 25 years working in National Grid in both gas and electric. Her experience and knowledge in the utility industry makes her a valuable asset to the Girls Inc. team.

Most recently, Wisnewski has been working with community leaders and businesses in the Long Beach and Island Park area acting as a lead for National Grid's Hurricane Sandy Economic Development Relief Program, which provided grants to businesses to help them rebuild. National Grid has successfully been able to assist businesses to open in time for the summer season.

Girls Incorporated® of Long Island was founded in 2005 as an affiliate of the nationally recognized Girls Incorporated®, a non-profit organization serving only girls with roots dating back to 1894. Girls Inc. responds to the changing needs of girls and their communities through implementation of research-based programs and advocacy that empower girls to reach their full potential and to understand, value, and assert their rights. Girls Incorporated® of Long Island founders included a diverse group of women who saw the need to bring gender-specific programs to the girls on Long Island in order to foster equity and hope for the future.

The mission of Girls Incorporated® of Long Island is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. We provide school and community based programming that serves the unique needs of girls, ages 6-18, living in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Through community partnerships, we help girls to achieve their full potential making their future brighter. Girls Incorporated® of Long Island is dedicated to the advocacy of gender equity for all girls in all areas of their lives. Through participation in our programs, girls learn the skills to become leaders in their communities, leading to exponential change.  You can find us on Facebook.

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a vital position at the center of the energy system and it ‘joins everything up’.

In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country. 

National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing power to over one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

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For More Information, Please Contact:
Neela M. Lockel
Executive Director

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