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West U Girl Scout holds ‘Minute Mentoring’ event for teens to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Alyssa C. hosted a Minute Mentoring-style event to introduce middle school girls at Yellowstone Academy to successful businesswomen in Houston to earn Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.
“I had never taken on a huge leadership role before, and I learned a lot about the process of organization, the skills needed and the various difficulties involved,” said Alyssa, a senior at St. John’s School.
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.
“I chose this project because after hearing about the Minute Mentoring program, I know I wanted to do something about education and women,” said Alyssa. “Yellowstone [had] a need for positive role models for young girls. I realized that I could encourage these girls and give them knowledge and experience they otherwise would not have.”
For her project, Alyssa led her team of volunteers in organizing the Minute Mentoring-style event where lawyers, accountants, journalists, small business owners and more each had a nine-minute session with a group of girls to explain their professions and allow the girls to ask questions. Following the Minute Mentoring portion of the day, everyone gathered for lunch and girls were able to visit more informally with the businesswomen. Alyssa hoped to introduce the girls to role models other than entertainers or athletes.
“Alyssa learned the nuances of the issue that she was hoping to address,” said Stephanie C., Alyssa’s mother. “Before the program, Aly understood in concept that the girls at Yellowstone Academy had limited access or exposure to professional women. At the program, she saw more of the realities of these issues. On very fundamental levels, the girls had no way to imagine what their opportunities might be.”
Alyssa has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At St. John’s Alyssa is a member of choir and does community service for which she has received the Bronze Presidential Service Award. Outside school, she is involved in her church’s youth group. She is also a National Merit Semifinalist and AP Scholar. Following graduation she plans to attend Williams College to study either chemistry or women’s studies, with plans to go to medical school.
About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto CouncilGirl 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 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.
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