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Girl Scout Earns Gold Award by Encouraging Students to Join the Club
Well-informed citizens are created through Alexandria B.'s "club" which encourages high school students to discuss current national and local events and volunteer with nonprofit organizations to do community service.
"We call the club The Forum. The purpose is to get the students to interact with their communities, like volunteering at a Hurricane Katrina relief drive," said Alexandria. "In addition to discussing current events, we go on excursions to learn everything Houston has to offer young people like different museums."
The Forum has become quite in enhancement to the students' education by allowing them to discuss topics of interest to them. This scholastic club is a solid foundation, which is expected to continue at Alexandria's Memorial High School for years to come. "We promote the club through flyers and displays at local libraries and have even elected a new President for next year," said Alexandria.
Alexandria has learned a lot on her journey to earn the Gold Award. "Although I've been doing research and working on my Gold Award since 2002, the club started my senior year," said Alexandria. "This project has taught me about the nature of perseverance and how to overcome obstacles, never take 'no' for an answer and always have a backup plan."
Alexandria currently attends the University of North Texas Honors College, but plans to continue her education at Scripps College next year majoring in Sociology. Ultimately, she plans to become an attorney.
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 www.gssjc.org.
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