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Pearland Girl Scout teaches the dangers of texting and driving to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Yolanda W. persuaded high school students to stop texting and driving 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 learned how to be a leader by guiding my team through the project,” said Yolanda, a 2014 graduate of Manvel High School. “I also learned how to use my communication skills as I presented the project. This taught me how to overcome my fears of public speaking and to get my point across.”
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 I am a teenage driver and I know how teenagers think, so I wanted to inform new drivers of the dangers of texting while driving,” said Yolanda. “I didn't want them to become another statistic or horrifying video.”
For her project, Yolanda led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting two “Stop the Triving” sessions. She provided a pledge, petition, and window decal to the students of Manvel High School and the Pearland Driving School. Over one hundred people attended the events.
“Yolanda has learned to not put off challenges,” said Lorene W., Yolanda's mother. “I saw her work hard with the driving school owners, getting donations and meeting deadlines. I saw her work very hard to complete this award.”
Yolanda was a member of Girl Scouts for 4 years. At Manvel High School she was a member of the track team, cross country, her Church youth group and was the Junior class Vice President of Student Council. She plans to attend San Houston State University to study criminal justice.
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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