Garland Girl Scout earns highest honor for young girls

North Carolina Coastal Pines announces that Alyssa Lee of Garland earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.

For her Gold Award project, Lee created a program for young girls called “A Better You.” The program is designed for girls ages four to eighteen years old and offers them a safe and supportive group environment to discuss important issues that affect the lives of young girls.

Lee partnered with Lori’s School of Dance, where she has studied dance for the past 16 years. She passed out flyers and held her group meetings at the studio. During the meetings, Lee led conversations on mental and physical health, hygiene, exercise, bullying, and goal setting.

With her guidance, the participants learned new points of view, set goals for themselves, and felt free to express their thoughts and opinions. The meetings inspired the participants to value themselves and their voices. Thanks to Lee’s influence, the participants were also inspired to become Girl Scouts. The program was so successful, that Lee’s dance instructor Lori Knowles plans to start a Girl Scout troop at the dance studio with the assistance of Lee’s mother and troop leader, Angela Lee.

Lee expects great things from the girls she mentored in her program. She helped them make posters describing their goals and encouraged them to work hard daily with their goals in mind.

“I hope to one day see all these girls working on their Girl Scout Gold Award project because I inspired them to do it,” explained Lee. “I hope they will become leaders and inspire others in the same way I did.”

Lee is the daughter of Angela and John Lee and is a graduate of Step By Step Christian Academy. Lee has been in Girl Scouts since 2006 and is in Girl Scout Troop No. 975 led by Angela Lee and Janet Prestage. In addition to Girl Scouting, she is an accomplished dancer and an active member of her church.

By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, Lee has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.

“Through her project, Alyssa has demonstrated she possesses the proven qualities of a community leader and the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “It is so important that we empower young women to value their strengths and become leaders. Alyssa’s program participants were fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from an outstanding Girl Scout who is putting the leadership skills she gained through Girl Scouts into practice.”

Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

About the Gold Award

The 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.
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