Girl Scout holds career fair, earns Gold Award
HOUSTON (April 15, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Katherine H. organized a career fair for economically disadvantaged girls to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.
“I learned of different careers that I didn’t even know existed,” says Katherine, a senior at Cypress Falls High School.
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.
“I chose this project to help girls find careers they may not have known about and to help plan their futures,” explains Katherine.
Katherine led her volunteers in presenting career options to a group of 50 girls. Her presenters discussed careers outside what Katherine calls “traditional” jobs like nursing or teaching.
“Katherine is more aware of the needs of other girls after completing her project,” says Sarah H., Katherine’s mother. “She realized that there are a variety of careers for young women.”
As an active member of Girl Scouts, Katherine has been on several girl planning boards for events. At Cypress Falls High School, she is a member of band and Key Club. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study communications.
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 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.
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