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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout holds seminars for pregnant teens to earn Gold Award

KATY (March 8, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Ashley N. designed, developed and hosted seminars on the benefits of breastfeeding 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 not only the amazing benefits breastfeeding offers mothers and babies, but also how to be attuned to the world around me,” says Ashley, a senior at Saint Agnes Academy. “Pregnant teens are demeaned and condemned in society, but I’ve learned to be open-minded and to help anyone in need.”

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.

“Helping people my age in crisis is the most humbling gift I could ask for,” explains Ashley. “Teenagers are some of the neediest members of society, and, with abortion so prevalent, I couldn’t have found anything more amazing.”

Ashley worked with a lactation specialist to lead seminars at the Pregnancy Help Center in West Houston, teaching attendees that breastfeeding not only improves the health of mother and child, but also has financial benefits. She also recorded the seminars for future classes and held a baby supplies drive at the Epiphany of the Lord Church to benefit women of the center.

In addition to her Gold Award, Ashley has earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Saint Agnes Academy, she is involved in the National Honor Society, Campus Ministry Team, Harvard Model Congress and more. Following graduation, she plans to major in political science and pursue a degree in law.

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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