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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout Leads Health Workshops in Texas, Mexico

SUGAR LAND, Texas (April 8, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Lauren V. held a diabetes prevention workshop in Mexico and a healthy lifestyles workshop in Richmond, Texas, to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than 5 percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“Through my community service project, I learned all about healthy living and diabetes prevention,” says Lauren, a senior at William P. Clements High School. “I also learned how to prioritize my time and became a more organized person. While I was working in Mexico, I was able to practice my Spanish speaking skills as well.”

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.

“I am interested in the cultural impact on overall health, especially when it comes to diabetes,” explains Lauren as to why she chose the project.

Lauren received a $10,000 grant from the Texas Department of Health to fund the project, which was an integral part of their diabetes prevention initiative. The first part of the project took place in Reynosa, Mexico, where Lauren tested local teens for diabetes and led diabetes prevention workshops that attracted more than 400 patients. Lauren completed the second part of her project in Richmond, Texas, at the Fort Bend Family Health Center, where she taught a 20-week healthy lifestyles class to more than 180 participants.

“My daughter learned a lot about leadership and organization while working on this project,” says Lisa, Lauren’s mother. An active member of her Girl Scouts troop, Lauren has previously completed her Silver and Bronze Awards. She has been involved in Girl Scouting for 13 years and has been a council delegate for three years.

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 65,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.