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Two local Girl Scouts earn Houston Youth Leadership Award

HOUSTON (Feb. 9, 2010) – Senior Girl Scouts Chloe G. and Carrie C. of San Jacinto Council received the Houston Youth Leadership Award Monday, February 8 at Jones Hall. The award was presented to the girls by New York Times No. 1 best-selling author Greg Mortenson. The Houston Youth Leadership Award recognizes youth who have exhibited exceptional efforts as positive change agents in their communities.

The presentation took place during a gathering for Texans for Pennies for Peace, a non-profit that Mortenson founded. Chloe and Carrie were recognized for their earning the Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of those who join Girl Scouts earn this award.

To earn her Gold Award, Chloe conducted research and hosted a self-esteem seminar to encourage teenage girls to adopt healthy lifestyle habits and develop a positive body image. With the help of volunteers whom she recruited, Chloe engaged sister Girl Scouts, teens from a group home and girls from the community in lively discussions and activities to make her world a better place.

Carrie’s Gold Award project gave her the opportunity to indentify and solve a problem in her own high school. To provide a safer and more hygienic environment, she installed sanitary seat covers in all the women’s restrooms at Lamar High School. Her “Put a Lid on It” project resulted in a cleaner, more efficient facility and increased paper conservation.

In addition to presenting Chloe and Carrie with the Houston Youth Leadership Award, Mortenson also spoke to a group of Girl Scouts on Sunday, February 7 at the Awty International School.

At the event, GSSJC Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador-level Girl Scouts heard first-hand about Mortenson’s leadership journey. As a humanitarian and international peace-maker, he has traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan where he helped build schools and written about his experience in the New York Times No. 1 best-seller “Three Cups of Tea.” Girl Scouts learned about his journey and how it can apply to their own journey in Scouting and life.

In addition to being an author, humanitarian and peace-maker, Mortenson is co-founder (with Dr. Jean Hoerni) and director of Central Asia Institute, which promotes literacy and education for girls. He is also the founder of Pennies for Peace, a non-profit which teaches children the benefits of charity while raising money, one penny at a time, for children in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization for girls. 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 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit

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