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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout holds self-esteem seminar, earns Gold Award

HOUSTON (April 15, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Chloe G. held a one-day seminar on building positive self-esteem for girls ages 11-14 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 that I am a leader,” says Chloe, a senior at Bellaire High School. “I enjoyed visualizing the big picture, and I learned that I will always want to perform some type of community service during my life.”

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.

“Statistics from Houston and the surrounding area indicate there is a problem with teen anti-social behavior,” explains Chloe as to why she chose the project. “I felt the community would benefit from a self-esteem program that may assist teens in identifying self-defeating thoughts, behaviors and actions.”

Chloe led a team of volunteers in presenting her one-day seminar to pre-teen and teenage girls. They addressed concerns of middle school girls and offered solutions to assist them in handling conflicts and resisting negative social pressures via activities, discussions and more.

“Chloe has always been conscientious of the plight of others,” says Paula C., Chloe’s mother. “But after doing the research for this project and learning how self-esteem determines so much about teen lives and future, she became unwavering in her efforts to help local teens.”

Chloe received the 2010 Houston Young Leaders Award for her Gold Award project. At Bellaire High School she is manager of the boy’s basketball team and a member of Student Diplomat Corps, National Honor Society and prom planning committee. She also volunteers outside of school regularly with organizations like M.D. Anderson Cancer Treatment Center and Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study liberal arts.

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.

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