Sugar Land Girl Scouts host ‘Girl Empowerment' workshops to earn Gold Award

Sugar Land, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scouts and sisters Sahar and Sana N. hosted a series of "Girl Empowerment" workshops at the Richmond Women's Shelter 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 many of the girls and children at the women's shelter don't have all the opportunities that we had in our childhood," said Sahar, a senior at Clements High School.

"I learned that the little girls at the women's shelter have witnessed many horrid things, and they need encouragement and support in order to succeed in life," said Sana, a junior at Clements 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.

"I chose to do my project at the Richmond Women's Shelter because I have been volunteering there for the past three years, and the children there lack many opportunities to experience new activities," said Sahar.

"I chose this project because I'm involved with the Red Cross at school, and we often went to the shelter to play with the kids," said Sana. "The kids were often reserved and shy, so I wanted to do something to help them break from their shell."

For their project, Sahar and Sana led volunteers in hosting workshops designed to expose girls to new activities, such as sports, dance, theater and more, to broaden their horizons. Four workshops were held for girls at the Richmond Women's Shelter with approximately 15 children and teens attending.

"I think Sahar and Sana learned a lot about leadership and planning," said Nooyehan N., Sahar and Sana's mother. "They also realized the importance of helping in the community."

Sahar has been a member of Girl Scouts for eight years and has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Clements High School she is a member of debate, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and Red Cross. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study business and pre-med.

Sana has also been a member of Girl Scouts for eight years. At Clements High School she is a member of debate, National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and Red Cross. Following graduation she hopes to attend Rice University to study biology.

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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