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Girl Scout works with teens at DePelchin Center to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON (January 2012) - Girl Scout Nina D. helped build the self-esteem of teenage girls at the DePelchin Center, a children's center focused on mental health, foster care and adoption 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 helping underprivileged people is a way to discover things about yourself and what you want to do in life," said Nina, a 2012 graduate of Episcopal 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 enjoy children," said Nina. "I'm also looking into fashion design as a career, so I thought of a way to include both interests."

For her project, Nina led a team of volunteers in planning and carrying out her "upcycling" projects. Nina used every day items, such as coffee filters and trash bags, to create amazing fashions with her participants. Thirty-five DePelchin Center girls attended her fashion workshops.  

"I was very proud of Nina’s interest in working with peers on building self-esteem and confidence without spending money," said Susie D., Nina's mother. "She was able to relate to each girl at DePelchin and truly made a difference in their lives."

Nina was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Episcopal High School she was a member of theater and art club and was a board member of the Oliver Foundation, a nonprofit working to reduce childhood obesity. This fall she is attending Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga.

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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