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Sugar Land Girl Scout hosts creative writing workshops to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Naureen A. held creative writing workshops for teens in her community 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 important leadership skills such as learning how to handle children and find effective ways to teach them,” said Naureen, a 2012 graduate of 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 this project because I believe writing is a way to stimulate positive attitudes, obtain new skills, advance in communication and social skills and more,” said Naureen. “For these reasons, I chose to present a creative writing workshop because writing can help shape an individual and is a perfect outlet for expression.”

For her project, Naureen led a team of volunteers in planning and holding her creative writing workshop. Students ages 13-17 were invited to participate and learned writing and journaling skills, learned about writing careers, worked on writing assignments and presented these during the final day.

“I think Naureen learned many new skills, and I can see her using these in other projects she is now a part of,” said Sharifa A., Naureen’s mother. “She knows how to talk to and effectively teach younger children, and I have seen many positive changes in her writing and attitudes as well.”

Naureen was a member of Girl Scouts for nine years. At Clements High School she was a member of Creative Writing Club, HOSA, orchestra, Youth Expanding Services and DECA. This fall she is attending the University of Houston 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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