Girl Scout hosts a community awareness day to earn Gold Award
HOUSTON (Jan. 13, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Lisa C. hosted a Woodland Trails West Community Awareness Day 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.
“From working on this project, I learned that I am a huge procrastinator and wait until the last minute for everything,” says Lisa, a 2010 graduate of Jersey Village High School. “I also learned that it is not that hard to talk to people. I was afraid to got talk to the business people, so I waited and waited. Finally I went and discovered it was not that bad, and it got easier the more businesses I went to. The day of the event I walked up to everyone, even if I didn’t know them and talked to them.”
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.
“Living in an unincorporated part of Harris County, I realized that many people in my neighborhood did not know that we were not serviced by the City of Houston,” explains Lisa. “I wanted to educate my neighbors as to the services provided and by whom.”
For her project, Lisa educated about 45 community members about available services and resources. She displayed posters and distributed booklets with information about local emergency services, the Harris County Library, the homeowners association, electrical and gas companies, the Harris County MUD, local businesses, area schools, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, energy saving tips, crime reports and recycling. The event lasted four hours and took about 80 hours of planning and preparation.
“This project forced Lisa to talk to strangers outside her comfort zone,” says Gail Clopton, Lisa’s mother. “I see a much more confident young adult as a result of her project.”
Lisa has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten and has served in the Green Starlettes in the Northwest Division for seven years. At Jersey Village High School, she has won the Outstanding Community Service Award four times and many awards in FFA, including the highest award, the Lone Star Degree. She is currently attending Lone Star College in Cy-Fair and plans to transfer to Sam Houston State University.
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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