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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout encourages youth to get healthy to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (June 6, 2011) – Girl Scout Julia N. promoted a healthy lifestyle and smoke-free environment for Asian Americans at the Youth Tobacco and Obesity Prevention Summit 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 that to be a good leader, one has to be prepared, responsible and determined,” says Julia, a 2011 graduate of Clear Lake High School. “I’ve also learned that as a leader, I need to listen to my peers more and combine their ideas with mine to become more successful. I also learned that you have to always be willing to improve yourself.”

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 want to help out the young Vietnamese to have a healthy life,” explains Julia. “About 20 percent of children will become obese without their daily intake of healthy food. I hope that I will be able to teach the children and inform them of the dangers and increased risk of disease.”

As the as the youngest games coordinator for the event, Julia organized and directed games that encouraged the 130 Asian Americans who attended to get active. The all-day event also included many activities and workshops that taught Asian American youth about the dangers of smoking and the importance of nutrition and fitness.

“I’m very proud of her,” says Anh Nguyen, Julia’s mother. “At 16, she was the youngest in the Vietnamese Culture Science Association to lead such as big task. I think she became more confident and learned to communicate with people despite the age difference. She also improved her leadership skills through the project.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Julia served as camp counselor at for the Bay Area Summer Camps. At Clear Lake High School, Julia is involved in the National Honor Society and drill team. She has won the President’s Volunteer Service Award-Gold Level, the Best Sophomore/Junior of the Year Award and more. Following graduation, she plans to study English and biology at University of Trinity.

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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