Girl Scouts of the USA Selects 2010 National Board Leadership Lanes Participants

Young Leaders Partner with GSUSA


March 12, 2010

Shonda Prince
Girl Scouts of the USA
212-852-8534, sprince@girlscouts.org

Michelle Tompkins
Girl Scouts of the USA
212-852-5074, mtompkins@girlscouts.org

New York, N.Y. — Girl Scouts of the USA has selected 16 young women from across the country as National Girl Scout Consultants to work with and advise the National Board of Directors and staff.

"These intelligent, driven, and passionate young leaders will play a significant role in shaping the ongoing work of GSUSA," said Kathy Cloninger, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. "They are lending their voices to a Movement that wants, needs, and values their contributions."

The National Girl Consultants are part of GSUSA's National Board Leadership Lanes program, which offers Girl Scouts an opportunity to influence both operational and policy decision making. The 16 girls will work as an advisory group, partnering with staff members on projects ranging from program development to research and merchandising. This year, five young women (Natalia, Sohini, Marissa, Jenni, and Ashley) have returned as "E-Advisors," a modified version of the traditional National Girl Consultants. Four of the girls are participating in the National Board's World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and Advocacy task groups. Two young women have joined the National Board Leadership Lanes as Young Alumnae Volunteers (YAV) focused on Public Policy and Advocacy, and College Volunteer recruitment. The young women help to mentor the other participants while learning about nonprofit work.

By facilitating youth-adult partnerships, these leadership opportunities help these young women to influence decision-making processes in Girl Scouting. GSUSA is proud to demonstrate "Girl-led" in action and welcomes the 2010 National Board Leadership Lanes participants.

This year's participants were selected from the 2009 National Young Women of Distinction and the 2009 National Board Leadership Lanes participants. Each participant demonstrates a commitment to lending their voice to the Girl Scout Movement and exhibiting the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Following are 2010 National Board Leadership Lanes participants:

Toni, National Girl Consultant, Advocacy Task Group Member
Palm Desert, Calif.
Toni enjoys public speaking and acting. She was the emcee for the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Girl Scout National Council Session/51st Convention ceremonies, where she spoke to more than 8,000 delegates. In October 2009, she was honored to be the first student to receive the Hispanic Women's Corporation National Youth Leadership Award, and was the emcee for the Hispanic Women's Corporation Youth Conference. She is a high-honor student and is deeply involved in her community, actively participating in the National Charity League, the Palm Desert Youth Committee, and Girl Scouts. Toni portrayed Anne Frank in her high school's production of the Diary of Anne Frank. She is currently working on her Girl Scout Gold Award. Her goals are to increase youth awareness of Alzheimer's disease and encourage teens to volunteer at senior programs for adults who are impaired. This is Toni's second term as a National Girl Consultant and her first term as an Advocacy Task Group Member.

Jenna, National Girl Consultant, WAGGGS Task Group Member
Erie, Pa.
Jenna is honored and excited to return for a second term as a National Girl Consultant. This is her 12th year in Girl Scouting. In addition to this leadership role, Jenna enjoys travel and service through Girl Scouting. She has participated in Pathways to Politics, the Colorado Horseback Adventure, and Amazon Adventure: Peru through Girl Scout destinations. She is a high school junior and serves as editor of the school's literary magazine, president of the history club, and committee chair for Model U.N. Jenna is an active participant in speech and Debate, the French, Spanish, and environmental clubs, and the school orchestra. She also studies dance and violin. She worked on Marketing and Branding, the Travel Pathway, and the third Journey book series with staff partners. She looks forward to participating in the WAGGGS Task Group this year.

Monisha, National Girl Consultant
Cupertino, Calif.
Monisha is a senior in high school and will be attending college in the fall. She plans to study medicine and biological sciences, with a focus on microbiology and neurological sciences. She has been very involved in working with people who have visual impairments, in continuation of her Girl Scouts Gold Award project. She established a disability center in Chennai, India. Monisha is a 2009 National Young Woman of Distinction.


Ángeles, National Girl Consultant
Guaynabo, P. R.
Ángeles is a 2009 National Young Woman of Distinction. " I am very excited for what is to come of the magnificent recognition." She is involved in art and currently participates in the National Honor Art society in her school. Art is one of her biggest passions, because it has been something that she has loved since she was a little girl. Sports are a big part of her life, too; moreover, she is a dedicated soccer player. She also participates in the United Nations model team for her school and has won several prizes in competitions. Ángeles has been a Girl Scout for 10 years and her Girl Scout Gold Award project is called Clínicas de Soccer en Juan Domingo en Acción. She is looking forward to a great year, filled with new things to learn and accomplish as a National Girl Consultant.

Emma, Young Alumnae Volunteer
Washington, D.C.

Emma is a 2008 Young Woman of Distinction. At the 2009 National Corporate Leadership Meeting in St. Louis, Emma served as the emcee for the 2009 Young Woman of Distinction awards ceremony luncheon. She also attended and spoke at the 2008 National Council Session/51st Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. In 2009, Emma served as a National Girl Consultant, working with staff on projects and interacting with the National Board. When she has time off from excellent Girl Scout opportunities, Emma studies as a sophomore at Georgetown University. She is pursuing a Government major as well as minors in Social and Political Thought and Arabic. She originally hails from Brentwood, Tenn.

Jennifer, National Girl Consultant
Greenfield, Wis.
Jennifer is a high school sophomore as well as an athlete, and a very involved Girl Scout. She is not in a troop but serves as the President of the Teen Board in Wisconsin. She plans programs for girls to help girls with life questions they feel more comfortable talking to other teens about. "This is my second year as a National Girl Consultant and I have loved every minute. Influencing decisions on a national level is an all-around wonderful experience." Jennifer feels that Girl Scouts has truly helped her to become the young woman that she is today.

Maris, National Girl Consultant
New Orleans, La.
Maris is currently a first year student at the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy, working toward her International Baccalaureate (IB). She has been a Girl Scout for 13 years and is a part of Mariners Troop 592 in New Orleans. Her hobbies include dancing, writing, traveling, and learning about foreign languages and cultures. Maris hopes to study Anthropology or International Relations in college. A 2009 National Young Woman of Distinction, Maris' Girl Scout Gold Award project involved renewing the tree canopy lost to Hurricane Katrina in the New Orleans East neighborhood.

Taylor, National Girl Consultant, Advocacy Task Group Member
La Plata, Md.
Taylor is a high school senior. This is her second year in the National Board Leadership Lanes. She has been a Girl Scout for 12 years and has loved every minute. Taylor is a driven student and will be graduating magna cum laude in June. She is the president of her school's Driver Safety Task Force, an active member of the Student Government Association in both her school and her local county. She is a member of the National honor Society and of the Word Language Honor Society. She would like to study medicine. Taylor has worked on planning the new brand campaign, planning for the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting, and spoke with her local council about her interaction with the National Board. She has also advocated for letting older girls know that they can still be Girl Scouts. This year she is excited to work with the Advocacy Task Group. She truly believes "Girl Scouts can lead anywhere."

Vivian, National Girl Consultant
Austin, Texas
Vivian is a high school junior. She was recognized as a 2009 National Young Woman of Distinction for her efforts in fostering fellowship between Chinese-speaking American teens. The Chinese children either lost their parents or were injured by the May 12, 2008 earthquake that struck Sichuan, China. Vivian has benefited so much from the Girl Scouts programs, such as destinations, and hopes to encourage other young women to pursue these wonderful opportunities. She is an avid fan of tennis and the Olympics, and hopes to attend medical school and become a neurologist.

Shannon, National Girl Consultant
Basking Ridge, N.J.
Shannon is a 2009 National Young Woman of Distinction. Her Girl Scout Gold Award project was the creation of her non–profit SHARE (Shannon's After-School Reading Exchange) which focuses on educating African girls so they can empower themselves, their families, and their communities. Shannon is a high school junior and will return to Tanzania again next year.


Jasmine, Young Alumnae Volunteer
Jacksonville, Fla.
Jasmine is a double major in History and English at the University of North Florida. Her academic interests include social history and youth development issues. She looks forward to her 2010 term as a Young Alumnae Volunteer. She is the founder and former President of the Campus Girl Scouts chapter at UNF. She has enjoyed learning about how national policy is formed at GSUSA and observing the implementation of national policy at the local level. She also enjoyed exploring and visiting the National Headquarters in New York City with the other National Board Leadership Lanes participants.

Hanna, National Girl Consultant
Birmingham, Ala.

Hanna is a senior in high school and has been a Girl Scout for 13 years. For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Hanna wrote a book that shows the signs and symptoms of dyslexia and how it affects a child. Hanna has also been honored as a 2009 National Young Woman of Distinction. Hanna teaches religion classes to children with disabilities, volunteers with a local Girl Scout brownie troop, and also helps to advise her local Girl Scout council. She is excited to join the second group of National Board Leadership Lanes participants and is ready to face new challenges and to meet new people.

Natalie, National Girl Consultant
Lacey, Wash.
Natalie is a high school sophomore, who is passionate about sports and staying active in school as well as her community. She has been in Girl Scouts for 11 years. She has earned her Girl Scout Silver Award and is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award. She enjoys traveling and has traveled on three Girl Scout destinations. She is currently preparing for a fourth trip. This is her second year as a National Girl Consultant and her first year as a WAGGGS Task Group member.

Malia, National Girl Consultant
La Cañada, Calif.
Malia is a 17-year old high school student, who also takes classes at her local community college. She loves people and enjoys spending time figuring out how to help them by developing new ideas. She works as an intern for California State Senator Carol Liu, and mentors a group of younger girls at her church. She is president and founder of her high school Italian Club and is also a dual citizen of the U.S. and Italy. Malia enjoys school, surfing, writing, reading, history, playing piano, and shopping with friends. She is a 2009 National Young Woman of Distinction and has been in Girl Scouts since she was a Girl Scout Daisy in kindergarten.

Leah, National Girl Consultant
Chicago, Ill.
Leah was honored to be selected as a 2009 National Young Woman of Distinction. Her Girl Scout Gold Award focused on her love of theater. She wrote an original play and toured it around the city of Chicago, visiting hospitals and after-school programs. She then transformed the script into a picture book. Leah is a high school senior and runs the student theater troupe. She also volunteers teaching Spanish to first grade students. Leah has been a Girl Scout for 11 years.

Emily, National Girl Consultant
Wilson, N.C.
Emily is sixteen years old and has been a Girl Scout for twelve years. She loves working with the few older girls in her local Girl Scout council and planning events for younger Girl Scouts. She wants their experiences to be as great as her own. She is really interested in math and history. Emily loves animals and spends most weekends working at the local no-kill animal shelter. She has been an active contributor to Girl Scout research projects.

Morgan, National Girl Consultant
Atlanta, Ga.
Morgan is a first-year student at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. She is studying Business with a concentration in NonProfit Management to further develop her skill as a social entrepreneur. Morgan has been a Girl Scout for 12 years, and is currently a troop leader for a group of eighth grade girls in Atlanta. She recently completed her Girl Scout Gold Award project, focusing on issues surrounding victims of domestic violence. She is a 2009 National Young Woman of Distinction. She is also the founder of Stronghold Atlanta, a non-profit organization that provides help to women and children who have been victims of domestic violence. In her spare time Morgan enjoys theater, the outdoors, spending time with family, going on adventures, and loves to play Scrabble.

Hosanna, National Girl Consultant
Twin Falls, Idaho
Hosanna is a member of the Silver Sage Council in the beautiful state of Idaho. She loves horseback riding, snowboarding, surfing, and kayaking. She is a 2009 National Young Woman of Distinction. For her Girl Scout Gold Award, Hosanna founded 2-Way Street, an organization that helps refugee at-risk and immigrant youth acclimate to life in the United States. 2-Way Street does this through mentorship, community service organizations, and educational resources.

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