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Local Girl Scout holds workshops promoting female leadership to earn Gold Award

December 2011

Houston, TX - Girl Scout Kathleen S. hosted three sets of workshops focused on sharing stories of strong female leaders with girls 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 how much I enjoyed working with and teaching kids and how enthusiastic and creative they can be," said Kathleen, a 2012 graduate of Challenge Early College 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 this project because I think there’s something wrong with the lack of positive female role models in pop culture and literature," said Kathleen.

For her project, Kathleen researched books with strong female role models and shared their stories of heroism in her workshops. She led a team of volunteers in hosting three sets of workshops: first at a summer day care program, then at an after-school program and finally at Star of Hope. More than 60 people attended her workshops.

"I think that Kathleen learned about the need to stay flexible and to have a back-up plan," said Susan K., Kathleen's mother. "It was not easy to get permission to present her workshop. She also learned she enjoys teaching."

Kathleen was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years and also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Challenge Early College High School she received the Outstanding Leadership award for her role in the Gay-Straight Alliance at her school. She also spent time volunteering at the Houston Zoo and interning at Hermann Park. This fall she is attending college to study anthropology, psychology and zoology.

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

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