girl security training at notre dame academy

 
 
The program’s mission is to engage girls in critical analysis about national security challenges that affect most aspects of their security and that of their families and communities prior to college.

Lauren Bean Buitta moved from Chicago to Norwell with her family three years ago. Her husband, Brooks Buitta, is a longtime Norwell resident. After moving from Chicago to Norwell, Lauren started her own consulting firm. She has been a national security policy analyst for over 15 years.

Along the way, Lauren developed a specialized curriculum to educate high school girls about U.S. national security. Her new program, Girl Security, was recently launched. The first Girl Security training will be conducted in March with Notre Dame Academy in Hingham.

The program’s mission is to engage girls in critical analysis about national security challenges that affect most aspects of their security and that of their families and communities prior to college. As the mission reads, “An understanding of national security is vital to the empowerment of girls. The full participation of women is vital to an effective U.S. national security strategy.” In exchange, as Lauren notes, the country benefits from the full participation of young girls’ voices on important national security discussions.

Through an intensive curriculum designed with school mental health professionals, educators, and national security experts, girls will gain a foundational understanding of national security and engage in group-based case studies on current security issues such as U.S. election security.

A second goal of the program is to support the entry of more young women into the national security field through phased mentorship. Women play critical roles in securing America, however they remain underrepresented.

While Lauren fully understands that not all of the girls who participate in the program will pursue national security careers as analysts, lawyers or advocates, Lauren believes that connecting girls with subject matter that populates the news daily prior to college will better prepare them for a world that is increasingly national security-oriented in part because of technology.

Originally published in the Hingham Journal, March 18, 2018

Lauren Bean