Girl Scouts of the USA Unveils 2013 National Young Women of Distinction


January 14, 2013

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New York, N.Y. — Girl Scouts of the USA, the premier leadership organization dedicated to building girls of courage, confidence and character, has unveiled its 2013 National Young Women of Distinction. These 10 young ladies have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Requirements for the award culminate by completing a "take action" project that has made a measurable and sustainable difference in their communities.

Gold Award recipients have already changed the world – as high school students. The Gold Award honors leadership in the Girl Scout tradition: two-thirds of America's most accomplished women in public service are former Girl Scouts. The 2013 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients implemented diverse projects, ranging from building libraries for migrant children, hosting large scale events for travel to Tanzania to build water retention systems, increasing knowledge and level of interest of high school young women towards STEM Careers, to name a few.

The 2013 National Young Women of Distinction were selected by an external selection committee with representatives from leading nonprofit organizations, Girl Scout partners and funders. GSUSA thanks the following for their participation: Alcoa, Justine Magazine, Kappa Delta, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Teach for America, The Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Women's' Leadership Network, and Youth Service America.

"We celebrate these 10 inspiring young ladies for implementing community action projects that will serve those in need for years to come. These young ladies truly exemplify the Girl Scout motto of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make this world a better place," said Anna Maria Chávez, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of the USA.

The 2013 National Young Women of Distinction program is made possible through support from the Kappa Delta sorority.

2013 National Young Women of Distinction Honorable Mentions

Thanks in part to the Kappa Delta Sorority Girl Scouts of the USA have selected five Young Women of Distinction Honorable Mentions. These Girl Scouts have demonstrated exceptional leadership through their Gold Award projects and were among the finalists for the Young Women of Distinction title.

About Girl Scouts of the USA
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer or reconnect with, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 800-GSUSA-4-U or visit www.girlscouts.org.