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Girl Perspectives: Making the World a Better Place (Kathryn)

August 14, 2017

Girl Scout Kathryn shares how her Girl Scout Gold Award project is leaving a lasting impact in her local community and the world. 

I have been a Girl Scout since I was a Daisy and I am writing today as someone in whom Girl Scouts has built courage, character and confidence through her involvement. My involvement empowered me to stand-up for what I believe in and equipped me to take a stance on important topics.

For example, through my work on my Girl Scout Gold Award project, I educated my community on the topic of human trafficking. During my freshman year in high school I became aware of the existence of this modern day slavery, after reading a book titled God in a Brothel: An Undercover Journey into Sex Trafficking and Rescue. Human trafficking, which includes both sex and labor trafficking, is an international issue, but it also affects our state and the local county where I reside. Did you know that North Carolina consistently ranks in the top 15 states in the nation with the most human trafficking, and is estimated to currently be ranked 9th.

The majority of people do not know that this is still a problem today, particularly within the United States. My Gold Award project focused on the preventative and awareness aspects of ending human trafficking. With the help of the Salvation Army of Wake County and other experts in the field, I created a presentation geared towards teenagers in my community. I presented to groups in my community, including at my high school, where the presentation was added as a part of the curriculum. The reach of my project surpassed my expectations due to the sensitive nature of the topic, and the help of intentional conversations. Because my project was presented to minors, for every minor that would hear the presentation there had to be at least one parent or guardian to view the presentation, and numerous other authority figures within both Girl Scouts and outside organizations. Each time somebody had to review the content of my presentation, they were becoming educated as well. Each person that was educated is now aware of the existence of human trafficking, as well as the signs so that it may be caught and ended.

Each person that is aware of human trafficking has the ability to say something and look out for their friends and family. They can spread the news of this issue so that more people are aware. After hearing my presentation or reading over the content, I heard numerous times about how people went on to share this information with their family and others they care about. If through my Girl Scout Gold Award project, I was able to help prevent just one person from being trafficked, my project would be a huge success. I will never know the scope of my project, or if it directly prevented human trafficking, but I am confident that I have been impacted by the experience of completing my Gold Award.

As a freshman at NC State, I am a member of the International Justice Mission Chapter at my school. This Christian organization focuses on ending human trafficking through both awareness and direct contact with victims. Within my campus’ chapter of International Justice Mission, I serve as co-treasurer and speak at events on the campus at NC State. My experiences creating the presentation and presenting it have equipped me to confidently share about human trafficking as I did this numerous times for my project.

Completing my Girl Scout Gold Award project allowed me to grow in other areas of my life as well. I experienced communicating with adults I had no former relationship with. I learned to set goals and timelines to meet project deadlines. I persevered through obstacles and roadblocks including being a minor myself when my interest in this topic started, and so much more.

Wow! Thanks for sharing your story, Kathryn! To join in sharing your Girl Scout story, visit our story submissions page!

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Girl Perspectives: Making the World a Better Place (Aleeyah)

July 24, 2017

Girl Scout Alleyah shares her story on earning her Girl Scout Silver Award.

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By Aleeyah W., Girl Scout

I am an Ambassador Girl Scout and I have greatly enjoyed my participation in Girl Scouts over the last 9 years. My experience has been wonderful and has included hard work. While being a Girl Scout, I have earned a lot of badges and numerous cookie recognitions.  I earned my Girl Scout Silver Award and have had opportunities to travel as well as go camping in the wilderness. I have had the opportunity to attend summer leadership, science and cooking camps and for a couple of years now I have been an assistant leader on Monday evenings to a Daisy troop – I love it! I have made so many sisters in Girl Scouts.

My accomplishments while earning my Girl Scout Silver Award made the world a better place. I conducted an afterschool reading program at a local daycare in my community. Reading makes us smarter. It is a vigorous exercise for the brain and helps us to understand the world around us. The children who attended liked reading to me, and I loved reading them their favorite books. When I had time, I would check out additional books from our local library on topics they enjoyed such as plants and animals. We even made crafts, such as coloring dinosaur eggs. All of them had great imaginations. When we’d go outside to play, they’d recite the alphabet which is the first step in learning to read. I also collected and refurbished books donated by members of my community to give to them.

Last summer I attended counselor in training camp at Camp Mary Atkinson where I received the camp name Reese and enjoyed activities such as canoeing and archery. And over the years I’ve learned so much during cookie season – to smile, count money back and of course ask everyone to buy cookies. In the fall I will be a senior in high school. It is something I am happy about, but sadly it will also be my last year as an Ambassador. But it will not be my last year as a Girl Scout – Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout.

My goal is to one day become a reading teacher and hopefully someday I will also be a Girl Scout leader where I can teach girls to make the world a better place and to inspire young girls to be the best they can be. I could not have accomplished all I have in Girl Scouts alone and I appreciate everyone, troop leaders and family, who have helped me along the way.

What a great story! Thanks for sharing, Aleeyah! To join in sharing your Girl Scout story, visit our story submissions page!

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