The Next Steps in Her Leadership Journey
When I joined Girl Scouts 12 years ago as a pint-sized Daisy, I had no idea what my mom got me into nor did I imagine I would be standing here as a National Young Woman of Distinction. Paige Young used those words to open her presentation to a crowd of more than 6,000 in October at the Girl Scout National Convention.
It is an honor to know Paige Young from Olathe, Kansas. As a freshman in high school, she began her journey toward the Gold Award with an incredible project called Hope for Haiti. Paige’s hard work and dedication created an innovative project that earned her a place as one of ten National Young Women of Distinction. Paige was selected from a record number of more than 200 nominees across the country!
Being named a National Young Woman of Distinction is a prestigious honor including a $5,000 scholarship from the Kappa Delta Foundation, a beautiful pin and an experience that will last a lifetime. In October, Paige left her busy college life at the University of Missouri to join her fellow nine honorees at the National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Paige was interviewed, prepared for her presentation addressing a full convention center and most importantly engaged with amazing leaders. Paige recalls a conversation that has inspired her to take the next steps in her leadership journey. One evening, the young women had an opportunity to spend time with Bonnie St. John, Paralympic Ski Medalist and Fortune 500 Business Consultant just to name two of her many endeavors.
Bonnie led the girls through a powerful discussion in leadership. An experience of a lifetime, Paige continues to hear Bonnie’s words as she moves forward. Paige has many goals, but the National Young Woman of Distinction opportunity has solidified her desire to be an advocate for others. She wants to pursue her dream to be in the Peace Corps but is also adding gender studies to her coursework.
Paige continues her passion to give back and is looking at an alternative volunteer spring break with a group at Mizzou called 4Front. In addition, we are thrilled that this amazing young alumna will be our keynote speaker on March 28 at our Honors Ceremony. Paige will most certainly have some inspirational words for our newest class of Gold Award Girl Scouts and who knows, there may be another National Young Woman of Distinction in this year’s group.
We hope you will make plans to join us for this year’s Honors Ceremony. There are some exciting interactive opportunities for younger troops to meet our Gold Awardees, National Young Woman of Distinction and see their future path toward this prestigious award.
We are so proud of Paige Young and all of our Gold Award Girl Scouts who continue to blaze new trails and change our world!
Watch Paige’s National Young Woman of Distinction speech (approx. at the 23 minute mark). We also encourage you to watch the full presentation. These young women will inspire and provide some great ideas for future Gold Award Girl Scouts!