Girl Scouts of Hawaii (GSH) has received a $92,500 grant from NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) grant for its Wonders of Water STEAM leadership program. Beginning in early November, this program will help girls understand how water, the world’s most precious resource, and the environment impact each other.
The goals of Wonders of Water (WOW) is for young girls to draw on this knowledge and experience and lead others to adopt responsible stewardship practices resulting in healthier watersheds and a more abundant supply of clean water in Hawai‘i.
“We are very excited to receive funding support from such a prestigious organization as NOAA,” said Reyna Kaneko, interim chief executive officer for Girl Scouts of Hawaii. “This pilot program, at He‘eia Elementary School, in partnership with the Department of Education’s Castle Complex, is a first step to providing a Girl Scout Leadership Experience to more girls statewide.”
The WOW! Curriculum will take girls on a four-part leadership journey that will support girls as they: make and carry out one personal promise that protects water; team up and speak up as advocates to protect water and the watershed; share their efforts for water with others through a community service learning project; and ask their peers, families and community to commit to a water promise.
Hawai‘i Arts Alliance, Pono Pacific LLC., Pacific Resources for Education & Learning (PREL), Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Ko‘olau Mountains Watershed Partnership and The Leader Project will provide additional subject matter expertise.
The Bay Watershed Education and Training Program (B-WET) is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. The primary delivery of B-WET is through competitive funding that promotes Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). B-WET currently serves seven areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawai’i, New England, and the Pacific Northwest.
GSH has been providing out-of-school leadership development programs for girls K-12 in Hawai‘i since it was founded in 1917. Today it has more than 4,800 members—2,670 girls and 2,330 adults, with 500 volunteers who directly work with girls. Girls and adults are organized into 250 troops, most ranging from 5-10 girls per troop, that typically meet weekly during the school year at schools, homes, churches and community centers.
(Picture is of Reyna Kaneko, Girl Scouts of Hawaii)