Memorial Girl Scout works with Alliance for Multi-Cultural Services to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Stephanie R. created an after-school center for the Alliance for Multi-Cultural Services, an organization that provides refugees from countries like Bhutan and Somalia with resettlement, employment and ESL services, to earn Girl Scouts of the USA's Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

"I learned that people can accomplish a lot in a short time if they work together," said Stephanie, a senior at The Kinkaid School. "I also learned that sometimes things don’t work out like you plan them, but you just have to keep trying."

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 chose this project because [Alliance] needed someone to fix up their new location," said Stephanie. "I really wanted to do a project with them because I have gotten close to the kids in the program while volunteering over the past two year."

For her project, Stephanie led a team of volunteers in transforming a two-bedroom space into a learning center for the children Alliance serves. Eight rooms were created for science, art, a library, early childhood education and more. Chalkboards were installed in each space for teachers to use. Stephanie also collected books, teaching materials and school supplies.

Stephanie has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At The Kinkaid School she is a member of cross country, Community Service Club and Environmental Club. In the fall she plans to attend college to study education.

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 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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