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Girl Scouts of America is about more than selling cookies

By Daybreak Staff 2:37 PM September 21, 2016

What do all female astronauts have in common? They’ve all been a Girl Scout.

The Girl Scouts of America is more than a pint-sized cookie salesforce —  it’s an organization geared to empower young women.

According to the Girl Scout Research Institute, studies suggest young women who have been Girl Scouts have more leadership experiences than other young women and men. Other data reported that 70 percent of women that serve in Congress were Girl Scouts, including Alaska’s Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and that nearly 80 percent of women who own businesses were also in the Girl Scouts.

The organization also wants to introduce young women to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, like robotics. Sue Perles, CEO of Girl Scouts of Alaska, said the state’s branch of the organization has a thriving Lego robotics program, as well as summer camps all across Alaska.

In Alaska, the Girl Scouts organization serves nearly 6,000 girls from kindergartners to high school seniors, Perles said, adding it is the only female-focused, female-led organization in the state.

Perles said they are looking to expand and welcome any girl who is looking to try something new and gain leadership experience. They are also looking for adults to join their nearly 1,500 volunteers statewide. Anyone interested in becoming a Girl Scout or a volunteer can sign up online at the Girl Scouts of Alaska website.

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