Local Girl Scout Knocks Out Domestic Violence
To Earn Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award
KINGWOOD,TX ( ?) – Local Girl Scout Joanna L. raised awareness about domestic violence in the Kingwood and Humble areas, while completing all the requirements to receive the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award.
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 the community.
Domestic violence affects so many families in our community,” said Joanna. “I feel more people need to realize the seriousness of the situation.” In addition to educating people within her community about the consequences of domestic violence, she partnered with Family Time Crisis and Counseling Center, a non-profit organization that offers temporary shelter and assistance breaking the cycle of violence.
Joanna spent more than four months speaking to groups like the Holy Comforter Church and the Kingwood chapter of the National Honor Society about the affects of domestic violence and how members of the community can help Family Time. During her presentation she collected donations that she turned into care packages for the children housed at the facility. She also set up game days at the shelter, where children got the chance to play with brand new donated toys and sports equipment and the moms could focus on their next step.
More than 175 people donated items, and more than 20 people donated their time to Joanna’s project. “One person’s actions can have impact when they encourage the community to help,” said Joanna.
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