The Girl Leadership Experience Center
Even before we moved to our location in Warwick, RI, a vision was in place for the lower level of our Warwick building that would provide state of the art program facilities for the girls in our council.
The first step of that visioning was completed thanks to a generous $100,000 challenge grant from The Champlin Foundations. The grant helped to provide the Girl Leadership Experience Center with technology that now allows us to to deliver STEAM focused, innovative programming to our members.
The next step was to have an official launch of the Girl Leadership Experience Center which occurred in May of 2017!
GSSNE hosted two launch parties introducing members to the new science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) space and equipment available at our Leadership Center. A total of 137 individuals attended the launch which featured STEAM stations including a robozone with three different types of robots (Edison, Ozobots, and Cubelets); engineering free-build with GoldieBlox; free-play with large digital wall panels; circuitry with light-up bracelets; and spatial recognition and coding with Osmo software on iPads. Participants also enjoyed trying out our new girl-centric furniture – there were opportunities to climb, scoot, and spin on all the new seating! The party-like atmosphere (with balloons, pizza, and snacks) created an inviting setting and many participants stayed for the duration of these drop-in style events. Several adult volunteers present indicated an interest in hosting a STEAM fest similar to the launch parties.
The Leadership Center is officially located at our council headquarters in Warwick and will continue to be developed as a girl-led, girl-focused hub of creativity, connectivity, exploration and inspiration!
The Leadership Center is available for Girl Scout troop and group usage for Girl Scout event or family/friend events, and non-profit and for-profit organizations can also rent this versatile space! To submit your usage request, click HERE.