GSLPG Intern: Leaving Your Mark!

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!

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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.

Cookies

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!

Family Fest 

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!

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Congratulations Ednisha on your college graduation and thank you for leaving your mark at GSLPG!

Emma J. Price Scholarship: Providing Opportunities for Girl Scout graduates

By Marketing Specialist – Asia Hebert

Did you know that GSLPG offers a scholarship for Girl Scout high school graduates? Each year the council awards one senior Girl Scout Gold Award recipient a $1,000 college scholarship in honor of Emma J. Price. Any Girl Scout who has completed their Gold Award, is a senior in high school with 2.5 grade point average minimum, and is planning to attend a 2 or 4 year degree program at a high education institution is eligible to apply for the Emma J. Price scholarship.

Over the past few years, GSLPG has awarded this scholarship to several Gold Award Recipients. Most recently, Sarah Wright was award the 2016 scholarship award. Let’s learn a little about Sarah and the opportunities both Girl Scouts and the Emma J. Price scholarship have provided for her!

Sarah Wright has been an active member of Troop 2016 (of Crowley) since she was a Daisy! Sarah graduated from Notre Dame High School and is now attending Baton Rouge Community College, majoring in elementary education with plans to transfer to LSU in the fall of 2017. For her Gold Award project, Sarah teamed up with the local VFW Auxiliary and created a bibliographical directory for them. Sarah’s father is the Post Commander of the VFW, so the project had a great deal of meaning to her. Now that Sarah has graduated from high school and has moved on to college, she is still an active GSLPG Member. Sarah is a registered adult member and volunteers along side her mother, Teresa Wright, when she is home from college.

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Here’s a Q&A we had with Sarah:

  1. How has Girl Scouts affected your life for the better?

As a child, I was very shy and was never willing to participate in activities with other kids, but through Girl Scouts, I was able to come overcome my fears and learn how to be a leader. I have also made many lifelong friends through scouting and I have been able to watch the younger girls in my troop use the skills that I have taught them.

  1. What skills has Girls Scouts taught you that have helped you prepare for college and your future career?

I have always been active in more than one extracurricular activity, Girl Scouts being one of them. Having to learn time management has helped me a great deal this past year at college.

  1. How did you feel about receiving the Emma J. Price scholarship?

Receiving this scholarship has truly been a blessing. I’m very grateful for the help that it has provided with paying for college and it was very rewarding after the hard work that I had put into my project.

  1. How has this scholarship helped you with your college career?

This scholarship has helped to pay my college tuition, along with several other scholarships.

  1. What advice would you like to give to other potential gold award/scholarship recipients?

I would like for them to remember that this project is not about getting your picture in the newspaper or winning a scholarship. This project is about giving back to the community that gave so much to you. It is about using your unique talents and leadership skills to help those around you and to become a contributing member of society.

Interested in applying for this scholarship or just learning more about how it can help your daughter’s future college career? Check out the information on our website!