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Richmond Girl Scout redecorates women's center teen room to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Julia R. fixed up the teen room at the Fort Bend Women's Center 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 it is very important for people to feel as if they have a place in the world, especially of they have insecure lifestyles,” said Julia, a 2013 graduate of Needville High School. “I also learned that my ideas can actually be valuable, and I gained a great deal of self-confidence.”

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 adore kids and youth,” said Julia. “I understand how rough being a teenager can be, and I wanted these teens that don't have much stability in their lives to feel valued and have a place to belong.”

For her project, Julia led a team of volunteers in redecorating the teen room at the Fort Bend Women's Center, where teenagers can hang out and get work done. She repainted the walls, put up decorations, and redid the wallpaper border. She then hosted a “Grand Opening Movie Night”. Twenty people attended the event.

“Julia learned to manage a project from start to finished – panning, executing and following through,” said Carol R., Julia's mother.

Julia was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years, and earned her Bronze and Silver Awards as well. At Needville High School she was a member of the Speech and Debate team, National Honor Society, Student Council and UIL Academics. She was a district champion for Lincoln-Douglas Debate and UIL Spelling, as well as a National Merit Finalist. This fall she will attend the University of Texas to study communications and follow the pre-med track.

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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