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Amber Childres
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Local Girl Scout Educates Teens on Diabetes Awareness, Earns Gold Award

MISSOURI CITY, Texas (June 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Aundrea W. held a workshop for more than 30 local teens to raise awareness of diabetes. The project earned her the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than 5 percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“I chose this particular project because I feel that people my age don’t know very much about diabetes or the dangers it can pose to your health,” says Aundrea. “The project was also a personal one for me. My aunt had diabetes and I wanted to help educate others in her honor.”

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement and personal development. It takes more than 100 service hours and two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.

“Through my community service project, I learned that timing and organization is very important when it comes to putting together a successful event,” says Aundrea, who graduated from Lamar High School in May.

As part of her project, Aundrea recruited seven volunteers to help her pull off the day-long diabetes workshop. About 30 teens attended the event to hear experts talk about diabetes prevention and how to live a healthy lifestyle. Speakers included a health professional, a physical fitness trainer, a nutritionist and a mother and son who each offered a unique perspective on what they knew about diabetes.

“While working on her Gold Award, my daughter has learned how to prioritize her time and follow through with ideas,” says Aundrea’s mother. “She has also learned how to adjust when things don’t go according to plan, and I’ve seen her grow tremendously in areas of leadership, time management and organizational skills.”

An active member of her Girl Scout troop, Aundrea enjoys community service and has previously earned her Girl Scouts Silver and Bronze Awards. She plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State University in the fall to major in zoology and biology.

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 65,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.