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Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient Helps Other Teens Make Healthy Life Choices

In many schools, promiscuity amongst teens can be the "norm." For her Gold Award project, Senior Girl Scout Nikita M. decided to combat that attitude and organized classes to educate teens about the pitfalls and pains of becoming teen parents. The five classes, which were conducted at the University of Texas Medical College, lasted for three hours each and included special speakers, including a doctor and others who spoke about the issues of teen pregnancy.

"I attend a high school where many teens are either sexually active or teen parents. Most of them have to drop out or transfer because of it," says Nikita. "I wanted to hold a class where people learned about the real issues relating to teen pregnancy, including the financial responsibilities and lack of personal time for yourself once you have a baby."

It is a significant honor to earn the Gold Award. Girl Scouts who earn this award have demonstrated leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete all the requirements for the award. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition. A major component of earning the Gold Award is planning and completing a Gold Award Project that is a service to Girl Scouts and/or the community.

Currently, Nikita attends Worthing Senior High School. Upon high school graduation this year, she plans to attend Grambling University to major in biology and become a sports medicine physician.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

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