Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Girl Scouts Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Girl Scouts of the USA is proud to celebrate the diversity, rich culture and contributions of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities. In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, in May, Girl Scouts pays homage to individuals who have made a significant impact on the Girl Scout movement.

From National Board members to girls everywhere, Asians and Pacific Islanders contribute greatly to the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better, and more inclusive, place.

Throughout the month of May, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds will come together and celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander culture, as well as commemorate the international work of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).  With locations across the globe, including countries such as China and India, WAGGGS works to ensure that opportunities exist for all girls.

Local Girl Scout Brings Awareness to Her Community

The Girl Scout mission is to build "girls of courage, and confidence, and character, who make the world a better place." Nobody brings that mission to life better than 15-year-old Reema, a Girl Scout from New Jersey. Not only is this future neurosurgeon and classical Indian dancer in the Honors Program at Columbia University on the weekends but she's also making a difference in her community.

Reema is on her way to earning the Girl Scout Gold Award—the highest Girl Scout recognition for community service.

For her Gold Award project, Reema is increasing awareness about issues affecting the deaf and hearing-impaired community. "Lots of people are not aware of the conditions that deaf people go through," she says.  "All the simple things like alarm clocks or doorbells that we take for granted are not suited for deaf people." 

To bring awareness to her community, Reema is teaching sign language to 30 Brownie Girl Scouts. Reema is also acting as a community ambassador for the Marie H. Katzenbach School, where she first learned about the issues facing the deaf community and learned to sign.

Taking inspiration from Juliette Gordon Low, the hearing-impaired founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, Reema is committed to continue educating her community about these and more important issues. You can expect to find Reema at Science camp this summer.

Photo of Linda P. ForemanRead an Interview With Gwendolyn J. Wong, National Board Member,
Girl Scouts of the USA

Born in Chicago, raised in Hawaii, and a fourth-generation Chinese American, Gwendolyn J. Wong is the perfect example of how Girl Scouts can play a vital role in the lives of all girls, no matter what corner of the globe they may call home. A proud Asian Pacific American, Wong encompasses the courage, confidence and character that Girl Scouts builds on to create tomorrow's leaders. Read the full interview.