Isabel Herrera: a Girl Scout doing something good for her country
Doer, determined and self-starter are just a few characteristics that describe a go-getter like Isabel Herrera. With role models like her mother, an active Girl Scout volunteer, and her older sister, a Girl Scout Senior, Isabel knows that being a Girl Scout means being a go-getter.
“I wanted to join Girl Scouts because I wanted to be independent,” says Isabel. “Girl Scouts helped [me] take a risk, be independent and do things I thought I couldn’t do.”
During the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program, Isabel experienced an unforgettable moment that bolstered her belief that Girl Scouts can accomplish anything.
Isabel took her family’s laundry basket, cleaned it and decorated it with handmade paper flowers and signs. After filling the basket with cookie packages, Isabel showed it to her mother and asked if she could sell cookies.
“I went out to sell cookies in my neighborhood with my mom and sister,” says Isabel. “I also took the city Metro rail.”
While Isabel’s enthusiasm, drive and creativity were impressive, what happened on the Metro rail was even more extraordinary.
“We were on the Metro with my cart of cookies, and a man wanted to buy some,” says Isabel. “When he was buying them, he said to me that I was doing something good for my country. I was making my country bigger and better and would be successful in life because all girls who were Girl Scouts become successful.”
Inspired by the encounter, Isabel wrote a letter in Spanish to San Jacinto Council describing her experience and how it had impacted her.
“It made me feel important,” says Isabel in the letter. “It motivated me to be more active, to help more people and to have goals and accomplish them.”
Though just a Brownie, Isabel aspires to become a doctor when she grows up to help other people. When asked if being a Girl Scout has helped prepare her for the future, Isabel nodded.
“Yes, because I have goals and I have to work to accomplish those goals. It helps me be a leader in the future.”