by GSLPG Intern – Ednisha Lee & Marketing Specialist – Asia Hebert
Every semester we try to find an intern for our GSLPG Lafayette office. We acquire these interns from the Department of Child & Family Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The intern works hand in hand with multiple departments across the council. This semester we have had the pleasure of having Ednisha Lee as our Spring 2017 intern. Ednisha has been a BIG help in working with the Girl Experience, Recruitment, Troop Support, Fund Development, Customer Care and Communications departments.
Now let’s hear from Ednisha to find out what her experience was like and what she has learned about Girl Scouts!
Girl Scout Leadership Experience
My whole life I really thought Girl Scouts were only about selling cookies and camping trips, but after doing the research I learned that they are much more than that. They are an organization that embodies the true potential each and every girl has. They take pride in leadership and allowing the girls to learn to make decisions that will benefit them and help them grow. The Volunteer Essentials handbook I did read emphasized how these girls participate in the planning of their activities, which then lead to how important the leadership role is among the girls in the organization.
Girls Scout Higher Awards
The Gold Award recognizes Girl Scouts who are registered seniors or ambassadors and have completed a journey, which is a big yearlong service project the girl puts together and completes herself. I was asked to look up our state representatives so they can write letters to the girls showing their appreciation for the services that they have done in the community. In our district there are three girls who will be receiving the award. After I was given this task I was curious of the benefits of this award so I did a little research. This award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Once a girl has received this award it can open so many opportunities such as college scholarships, higher rank in the military, and being able to stand out on your college or employment application. This blew my mind! I never knew being a Girl Scout had benefits like this.
On Friday, March 3rd I got to do a radio interview with KSMB 94.5 about the Girl Scout cookie sales. I hesitated when they asked me if I wanted to go with Brittany (Troop Support Specialist) to the radio station. I was very nervous about speaking on the radio but Brittany gave me a mock interview on the way there. At the station we were being interviewed about the cookie sales and the new technology that will be used for the selling of the cookies. When people think of Girl Scouts they automatically think of the cookies but it is so much more than just cookie selling. These cookie sales help girls learn the 5 skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. The money that the girls earn goes to the troops and the girls get to decide what they want to do with it. This money can be used for a trip, donations to a local organization, or even helping out in the community. All of the hard work that goes into cookie sales demonstrates all of the 5 skills!
I was asked to help prepare for our Family Fest event. Family Fest is a day where families come and enjoy some of the activities that the Girl Scouts love to do. I called around to businesses asking for donations. It has been cool getting to know how they receive donations and how they get events together. A lot goes into the planning these events and it is awesome getting to be on the planning side of it. I have been helping with Family Fest since the beginning of my internship and excited to see the event come together.
Leaving Her Mark
Before cookie booth sales started Mrs. Keesha had me work on a project where I would call around to universities in Louisiana to see if they would allow the girls to conduct booth sales at the residence halls. Girls Scouts already has a similar program at Northwestern University. In this program, the girls have the opportunity to utilize their leadership skills by running their own booths and partner with residents in programs that focus on empowerment and life skills. I called ULL, ULM, and LA Tech but did not get very far because most of the universities rejected my proposal due to restrictions about solicitations. Two weeks later I received an email back from Ms. Laura Jennings, Director of Student life at ULM. She was more than excited to start this program on ULM’s campus and insisted we have a meeting over the phone. After the phone call I notified Ms. Keesha about the success and she was very excited. This made me proud because I have set up something that will be of great use to this organization, the girls and the booth sales longer after I am no longer an intern here. I left my mark and I am very proud!
Congratulations Ednisha on your college graduation and thank you for leaving your mark at GSLPG!