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Pearland Girl Scout organizes bullying workshops to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Faith C. organized a series of workshops to discuss various aspects of bullying 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.

“This project taught me that bullying truly is an issue that affects everyone,” said Faith, a 2013 graduate of Debakey High School for the Health Professions. “It affects those who witness bullying. It has various cultural implications and must be addressed as a cultural issue.”

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 of personal experiences I have had related to being bullied,” said Faith. “I feel bullying pushes people to abandon individuality in order to 'fit in'. However, I find individuality to be extremely important and worthy of preservation.”

For her project, Faith led a team of twenty volunteers in organizing workshops through which the students involved discussed the causes, effects, and long-term implications of bullying. She led different workshops for different age groups each week, thoroughly discussing how to embrace one's uniqueness. Over eighty people attended the workshops.

“Faith has become more self-motivated and more independent since the Gold Award project,” said Yvette C., Faith's mother. “It has helped her realize that she is capable of carrying out a large scale project on her own. She has become a more proactive leader and I believe these skills she has learned from earning her Gold Award will follow her for the rest of her life.”

Faith was a member of Girl Scouts for 10 years. At Debakey High School she was President and Founder of the Black Student Union and was a research assistant at Rice University. This fall she will attend the University of Texas at Austin to study petroleum engineering.

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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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