Girl Scout works with Mission of Yahweh to earn Gold Award
CY FAIR, Texas (Nov. 12, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Breanne K. held a summer program for children at Mission of Yahweh, a shelter for battered and homeless women, to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.
“I learned to appreciate the things I have and to realize how blessed I am,” says Breanne, a recent graduate of Cy Fair High School.
Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement and personal development. It takes more than 100 service hours and two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.
“This project involved all of my passions,” explains Breanne as to why she chose the project. “I love kids, music, arts and games.”
At Mission of Yahweh this past summer, Breanne led the children in those activities and more during a weekly program she created. At the end of the summer, the children starred in a play Breanne directed.
“She is much more aware now that others’ home lives are not always pleasant,” says Carmen K., Breanne’s mother. “She’s more appreciative of having both parents supporting her at home.”
As a member of Girl Scouts, Breanne earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. She also participated in a myriad of programs including SPURS, sailing and backpacking. At Cy Fair High School, Breanne was a member of PALS. She has also been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters and her church’s youth group. She is currently attending Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. studying psychology.
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and 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 more than 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.