Several young ladies from Cadette Girl Scout Troop 476 in Jessup launched a conference aimed at empowering their peers to help earn the coveted Silver Award.
The Silver Award is the second highest honor bestowed by Girl Scouts of America, and the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can earn. Six young ladies, from Troop 476, stepped up to the challenge.
"To earn their award, they had to identify an issue that they cared about, formed a team, researched and organized the event and now they will share their results with the Girl Scout community," troop leader Kelly Ray said.
The result was Girl Power, the Empowerment Symposium for Girls, held at Meade Middle School last month. The concept of the symposium was bringing together top professional women in the community to encourage and empower middle and high school girls to strive to obtain their dreams, to stand confident, and to be proud of who they are — and who they will become.
"The symposium is a result of the girls' research and planning to find a need in the community and how they can help address it," Ray said. "They realized that girls their age struggle with many issues including lack of self-confidence and confusion as to what route they should take for their future careers. They felt like the symposium would be an excellent way to bring people in the community together."
The organizers of Girl Power and upcoming recipients of Girl Scout's Silver Award are: Jada Nadal, Jasmine Sands, Avery Walker, Kaleigh Busby, Mikayla Gaither and Chailyn Martin. The young ladies worked for months planning the program, recruiting speakers and organizing the symposium to present it to an eager, female community. The event was open to all middle and high school girls in the community.
The symposium kicked-off in the morning with panelist break-out sessions facilitated by prominent professional in their fields and designed to introduce a variety of career paths. Deputy State's Attorney Kim Oldham from Howard County paired with U.S. Military Maintenance Management Analyst Tiffany Bostrom to host a panel discussion.
Other panelists included: Charmaine Thompson, chief of instructional technology for Charles County Public Schools; Jackie Johnson from CyberCore Technologies;Imani Ladson, adviser at Walter Johnson High School;Denise Schaefer, art department chair at Meade High School; Lyn Haywood, a dual certified elementary school teacher from Prince George's County Public Schools; Christie Dawkins, a management Analyst for Homeland Security and FEMA; Shenninta Newman, a financial accounts manager for Prince George's County Public Schools; and Takia Ross, owner of Accessmatized Make-Up Studio & Make-Up Mobile.
The Cadettes recruited and introduced six guest motivational speakers. The speakers were radio and television personality Persia Nichole, Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, chairman of the Association of Certified Professional Accounts, Kashonna Holland, speaker and author, Tamara Stallings, career strategist, Adrienne Brown, entrepreneur, and Regina Robinson, college admissions expert.
Two members of Troop 476 who are entrepreneurs, were on-site to preview their products to their peers: Visuals by Yeala from Yeala Grimes, and Golden Hands from Makayla Martin.
Girl Scout Cadette Troop 476 has 27 middle and high school members.
"Girl Scouts provides an outlet for them to utilize their leadership skills," Ray said. "We have had multiple requests to duplicate this event in the future, which is the ultimate goal of the Silver Award, to identify a need in the community and try to help find a solution."
The goal of the six Cadettes from Troop 476 is to complete their Silver Award requirements by the end of May. They have a report to write and fulfill other things obligations before finishing the process.
Quarter auction to help twins
Herberts Helpers Community Service Fund host a quarter auction at 7 p.m. Saturday at Jessup Community Hall, 2920 Jessup Road. Proceeds will benefit Matt and Jenny Edwards Wheelchair-Equipped Van and Dental Fund.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Bidding starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $5 for 2 paddles. Additional paddles are available. For questions and tickets, contact Dana Herbert at 410-796-7999.
style="margin-left: 0.5in;">The Elmhurst Improvement Association is sponsoring a communitywide yard sale for the communities of Elmhurst and Four Winds. The community yard sale will be located west of the intersection of Quarterfield and Elmhurst Roads in Severn from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
style="margin-left: 0.5in;">The association holds its quarterly meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Elks Lodge, 878 Stevenson Road in Severn. Former Ace Hardware store owner and current Elmhurst resident Pete Peterson will be the featured speaker.
style="margin-left: 0.5in;">Glen Burnie Elks Lodge #2266 holds its annual spring yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 878 Stevenson Road in Severn. Spaces are $10, $15 with tables. For details, contact Billie Everhart at 410-859-8742.
style="margin-left: 0.5in;">The Elks will honor area first responders with a dinner at the lodge at 7 p.m. May 12. The menu includes pit beef, ham and turkey, Italian sausage and sides. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at the lodge by May 7. Contact Kevin Rose at 410-984-0079.
Delmont Super Spring Fling
Delmont United Methodist Church, 1219 Delmont Road in Severn, will host its Super Spring Fling from noon to 2 p.m. May 12. This free event is open to the community and features a parade, crafts, a cake walk, and an obstacle course. Children of all ages are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero and march in the parade.
Donations will be accepted in support of the Sierra Leone mission. For additional information, call 410-551-8114.