The grant is being used to transform the existing technology so that GSNETX can conduct virtual training for staff and volunteers, and implement web-based learning for Girl Scouts participating in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
“This grant from the Hillcrest Foundation will allow us to utilize the latest technology and use our resources more efficiently,”
The grant is being used to replace the current GSNETX phone system with a VOIP telephone system that will require less maintenance and reduce costs over time. A video conferencing system that will be used for training, staff meetings and web-based programming is being installed as well. This will allow GSNETX to extend its reach and decrease costs for the staff, volunteers and parents who will not have to travel to participate in programming that can be offered over the Internet.
In addition, 10 tablets are being purchased to implement web-based programming to further girls’ exploration of and skills in the STEM areas.
The Hillcrest Foundation, founded in 1958 by Mrs. W.W. Caruth, Sr., has been a longtime supporter of GSNETX and has previously provided gifts of laptops and projectors.
About Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas:
Girl Scouts is the premiere leadership organization and is the largest pipeline for female leadership. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas serves over 35,000 girls and 17,000 adults in 32 northeast Texas counties. For information on how to join, volunteer, donate or reconnect to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, call (800) 442-2260 or visit www.gsnetx.org.