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Sugar Land Girl Scout teaches English to non-native speakers to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Lucy B. made non-native speakers more comfortable with the English language by teaching them the skills featured in “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” 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 a lot about myself and others, especially from adults and volunteers,” said Lucy, a junior at St. Agnes Academy. “I learned how to set my mind to whatever I wish to accomplish. I also learned about having more confidence when speaking, and I learned how to change my habits about listening to others.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

“I chose this project because I wanted to help those in my community to feel more confident when speaking in front of a group of people,” said Lucy. “Not only did this benefit them; it also benefitted me because I learned how to be more comfortable with public speaking.”

For her project, Lucy led her team of volunteers in developing and hosting a workshop where they taught attendees whose second language is English the skills featured in the book, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” After learning the habits, attendees worked on and gave speeches to the group to help build their confidence in speaking English in front of large groups.

“Lucy learned to be a better speaker and got better with her communication skills,” said Nam P., Lucy’s mother. “She has learned more about giving speeches and leadership skills. She has more confidence in herself and believes that she is capable of accomplishing any tasks if she sticks with it.”

Lucy has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At St. Agnes Academy she is a member of swimming, Spirit Club and the Dominican Preaching Team. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to study mathematics.

About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

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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