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National Young Women of Distinction Week Begins Today!

Jun 18, 2013

Gold Award page on girlscouts.orgMeet our National Young Women of Distinction—10 Seniors who earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. To earn this highest award in Girl Scouting, each girl completed requirements that led to an outstanding Take Action project. Every day this week on our For Girls blog, we will introduce you to these smart, spirited leaders.

To kick it off, read about Kathy and Miranda, two inspiring activists who addressed community issues in significant ways:

Kathy, of Orlando, Florida, is with Girl Scouts of Citrus Council. She created a library at the Apopka Family Learning Center. Her goal: to help the children of migrant workers improve their English skills and do better in school. “When you’re trying to strive for a better future, which is what these kids are trying to do, knowledge is power,” Kathy says. “Education is something that no one can take from you.” Click here to watch Kathy’s video and here to see her acceptance speech.

Miranda, of Northville, is with Girl Scouts of Heart of Michigan. She created a community service network. Her goal: match up high school student volunteers with organizations in need. “Every teenager wants to change the world, so what Girls Scouts really did is give us the framework to be able to do that,” Miranda says. “It gave us access to mentors and role models, and it taught us wonderful skills like planning and being diligent. Definitely, doing this project has taught me to be a great leader.” Click here to watch Miranda’s video and here to see her acceptance speech.