By Juliette Linares, Girl Scout, Chester
As I reflect on my thirteen-year Girl Scout career, I can proudly say it has been an honor to be part of the largest leadership organization for girls in the world. Throughout my journey, I have trained and certified in caring for people and the environment, led groups and projects with confidence and skill, and extensively committed my time and passion to community service projects. I have created budget plans, made proposals, generated funds, and successfully executed projects. Most importantly, I’ve had the opportunity to do what I love with an organization that has proven their commitment to my personal growth.
Girl Scouting has encouraged me to think and act outside of my comfort zone, exposed me to environments and experiences though diverse girl-centered programs, and provided an array of venues to showcase my talents, all while enhancing my confidence, communication, and leadership skills.
Dedicated Girl Scout role models have cultivated my spirit of commitment. They are troop leaders, mentors, and program facilitators who guided and stood by my side in the rain during my many failed attempts to light a campfire, believing in me even when I did not, or shared podium-side wisdom on how to best draw in an audience in preparation for a speech. Their dedication served as inspiration through my Girl Scout Gold Award journey.
I am a proud Gold Award Girl Scout. My Girl Scout Gold Award project was extensive and intensive but the rewards and skills acquired were life-changing. My Gold Award project promotes early childhood literacy in an inner-city community and transformed my capacity to lead by action.
As a Girl Scout Ambassador, I was extended the invitation to interview for a position on the Girl Scouts of Connecticut Board of Directors. I was one of four girl members selected to preserve and promote the vision, mission, and goals of Girl Scouts of Connecticut as a Girl Board Member. It is a privilege to have been selected to actively engage with professional women and leaders from throughout the state working toward empowering future generations of girls. Serving as a Girl Scout Board Member is an honor I will forever value and acknowledge as an opportunity which enhanced my life personally and professionally. In addition, I served as a Girl Scouts of CT delegate at the 2017 Girl Scout National Convention in Columbus, Ohio.
Having space to learn, thrive, struggle, fail, and succeed in the Girl Scout “girl world” has been priceless. I will continue to advocate for Girl Scouts and their commitment to cultivate independence, respect, courage, and commitment while supporting and uplifting all girls. As an aspiring Speech and Language Pathologist, I am devoted to providing girls with a clear voice and an expansive vocabulary to courageously change their world...the Girl Scout way!