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Sugar Land Girl Scout teaches computer classes to seniors to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Brianna S. taught senior citizens the basics of computer usage 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 of organizational and communication skills from this project,” said Brianna, a 2014 graduate of Clements High School. “Communication was essential to coordinating when the seniors and volunteers would show up. Communication also played a major role in teaching the seniors about computers if they didn't know what an icon, mouse, or word processor was.”
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 know (from experience with my own grandpa) how much some senior citizens want to learn about computers but simply lack the instructions or teacher,” said Brianna. “I wanted to help them feel comfortable using the computer.”
For her project, Brianna led a team of volunteers in planning and teaching computer classes to the senior citizens at the Mamie George Community Center in Richmond. She left six binders (four English, two Spanish) full of information on computers, email, and internet usage at the center after the two weeks of classes ended. Twenty-six people attended the classes.
“Brianna learned several important lessons,” said Veronica S., Brianna's mother. “Of course the usual comment is organization and planning, however she has also learned that the knowledge and skills she has that she takes for granted are incredibly valuable and others have a yearning to acquire the same knowledge. Additionally, she learned to teach and communicate with the elderly, often providing instruction in Spanish. She has a newfound confidence because of the experience.”
Brianna was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Clements High School she was a member of the Sudent Council, Model United Nations, Spanish Club, and played tennis. She plans to attend college following graduation to study engineering.
About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto CouncilGirl 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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