St. Louis, MO – October 2, 2019 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is pleased to announce Connie Chen, a student of Ladue Horton Watkins High, has recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award demonstrating extraordinary leadership through a remarkable community service project.
The Gold Award is a shining example of what a girl can achieve as these recipients have stepped up to generate long-lasting solutions for real-world challenges at local, national and global levels. Open only to girls in high school, these young leaders are taking matters into their own hands and making a difference the worlds of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), education and legislation. Gold Award Girl Scouts like Chen are creating a brighter future for us all! Chen was recognized with other Gold Award Girl Scouts during a special ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this past June.
One in five children will deal with a significant mental health disorder during their school years according to a report by the U.S. Surgeon General. Studies have shown students who receive mental health support are more successful in school – and in life. After researching teen stress, Chen wanted to elevate mental health education.
This G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)TM decided to take action and start a wellness club. The club meets twice a month after school to spread awareness of mental health. Chen also coordinated a De-Stress Day during which 50 students participated in organized activities like yoga, meditation, games and coloring. Chen plans to continue coordinating De-Stress Days until she graduates and then the members of the wellness club plans to take over.
For more than 100 years, eastern Missouri Gold Award Girl Scouts have funded and led projects that have left an enduring impact on individuals, organizations, neighborhoods and schools. Earning the Gold Award represents the culmination of at least 80 hours of work spanning months, sometimes years. Some of the benefits of becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout are:
- Immediately rising one rank when enlisting in the US Armed Forces
- Earning scholarships from colleges and universities
- Recognition from many government and non-profit organizations
Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit girlscoutsem.org/join.