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Quality Clothes Improve Quality of Life
Girl Scout Touches Many Lives While Earning Gold Award

We take for granted what clothing does for us on a daily basis. Clothing is a reflection of our mood and economic status. Unfortunately, there are many people who do not have clothes to wear throughout one week. Or, the person's clothing is so worn that they are ashamed to be seen.

Girl Scout Areebah A. recognized a need and worked to improve the quality of life for members of her community. "I wanted to connect the more privileged friends and acquaintances I have to other people who are less fortunate through a medium that is universally important - image and appearance which ties to self-esteem," said Ajani.

"I built a permanent clothing and accessories closet in a part of town which would be accessible to underprivileged young adults and senior citizens," said Areebah. "The main objective was to provide quality clothing from a quality facility in a way that preserves dignity and maximizes resources," said Areebah. Her efforts will continue through Notre Dame Community Services who will continue to organize and distribute the clothing on an on going basis.

Nearly 20 volunteers aided Areebah. According to her mother, Shahnay A., her daughter has learned a lot from the experience. "Areebah has gained much more discipline and now has an even stronger sense of responsibility and accountability as a result of her Girl Scout Gold Award achievement," said her mother.

Areebah, a senior at St. Agnes Academy, plans to attend Brown University in Providence, Road Island. She looks forward to majoring in Humanities/Social Services or the medical field.

It is a significant honor to earn Girl Scouting's highest achievement, the Gold Award. Girl Scouts who earn this award have demonstrated leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete all the requirements for the award. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition. A major component of earning the Gold Award is planning and completing a Gold Award Project that is a service to Girl Scouts and/or the community.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving over 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit

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