DO BETTER Spelman/Morehouse: Annual Food Run

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DO BETTER LUNCHESDO BETTER is an organization dedicated to self-improvement through selfless action and positive social change. Know Better, #DoBetter. Each year, They conduct a food run in an unprivileged community. This year, we dedicated our efforts to the West End Community. We woke up bright and early to put together over 250 lunches filled with snacks and water. Around 30 students packed into cars and drove around the surrounding area to pass out food to the homeless. Our last stop was to the Piedmont Homeless shelter. We met several homeless children and they taught us how to play ninja. Do Better is happy to announce that they surpassed their goal and feed over 250 people today. STAY TUNED for upcoming events.

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GRL PWR Domestic Violence Table

GRL PWR DV

 In honor of Domestic Violence awareness month, we want our Spelman Sisters to decorate their very own crowns as a reminder that you’re a queen and deserve to be treated like one! Come visit our GRL PWR table. Domestic Violence; It’s EVERYBODY’S Business.
Please join us in supporting Domestic Violence Awareness!
Domestic violence should not happen to anybody. Ever. Period. But it does – and when it does, there is help. Maybe you have lived with abuse, maybe it happened just once; maybe you work or live next to someone who is being abused right now. Whoever you are, this book can show you how and where to get help. Visit http://www.domesticviolence.org/ for more information.

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GRL PWR goes for the gold

GRL PWRGRL PWR TABLE In honor of Children Cancer awareness month, GRL PWR sold pink and gold wristbands in an effort to raise awareness. Each year in the U.S. there are approximately 13,400 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age who are diagnosed with cancer. About one in 300 boys and one in 333 girls will develop cancer before their 20th birthday. In 1998, about 2500 died of cancer, thus making cancer the most common cause of death by disease for children and adolescents in America. Visit http://acco.org/Home.aspx for more information on pediatric cancer.

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GRL PWR Car wash

GRL PWR CAR WASH GRL PWR is sure that we won’t catch you ridin dirty” We conducted our first annual car wash! The GRL PWR members woke up bright and early last Saturday to wash cars in the local community. This was a great bonding experience for the GRL PWR mentors. We appreciate all the support from our peers, Morehouse Brothers and local community. All the money, donation and proceed will be going towards upcoming events and initiatives STAY TUNED.

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Layilah Nasser on the GSCNC website

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Layilah Nasser placed 3rd runner up at Miss Teen America 2014

I really had a great experience at the Miss Teen America pageant! I made top 5 and placed 3 runner up along with a best fashion award, best interview award and congeniality. I couldn’t be any happier with the way I represented not only Maryland but Girl Scouts. I wanted to thank all my sponsors because none of this would have been possible without y’all!Teen America

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Last week before my girls investiture ceremony

This was my last official week with my girls before their investiture into Girl Scouts! This was such a bittersweet experience, I can’t believe the six weeks is coming to an end. I was asked last week what I learned from this experience? I …learned that the job of a Girl Scout leader is rewarding yet somewhat challenging. This job requires a lot of planning, patience and the ability to adjust to meet the needs of multiple personalities, attitudes and maturity levels. This experience was also a reminder that many of our girls are in need role models. I will never forget the first meeting, when I had asked the girls what they wanted to learn many replied and said “I want to learn how be a leader just like Miss Layilah”
The job as a role model begins simply from being there and offering your knowledge, guidance and support.  Every meeting, I would see my little 8 year old self in these girls. A group of girls who were eager to learn yet open to voicing their perspectives/ideas on making change.  This experience was also a reminder of how strong the sisterhood is. During the second meeting one of the girls was having a bad day. One of the younger girls suggested a group hug to make her feel better. Although that doesn’t sound like much, it really made me reminisce to rough time in my life. I was bullied for many years but I would always look forward to that one night a week when my Girl Scout Troop met.
My Girl Scouts sisters were always there with open arms, positive thoughts and most importantly accepted me for who I was. I couldn’t imagine not giving back to an organization that helped me acquire my leadership skills, a strong sense of self-awareness and helped me find a passion for service and empowering girls.  I found some pictures from my GS experience from 2003-2006.
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Miss Teen America 2014 pageant : My message to supporters

MISS TEEN AMERICA GOFUNDME   I am so humbled by the support of my peers, family members, spelman sisters and morehouse brothers! I can’t believe in 17 short days I will be in VA beach competing for the title of Miss Teen America! I’m so blessed to not only be represent…ing Maryland but an organization that has molded me into the woman I am today; Girl Scouts of America.

I want the world to know that Girl Scouts is not just about cookies( although we have the best cookies in the world) it’s about helping girls acquire the necessary leadership skills, confidence and the courage to achieve their goals. Girl Scouts is heavily community service oriented, I have earned over 2,000 hours of community service with my 13 years of membership.

My goal is to encourage young girls to see the power within themselves with the help of Girl Scouts along with advocating for the importance of giving back.
Miss Teen America is not just a title, it’s a job! This job would give me the opportunity to continue impact more girls through the power of my voice, workshops and my leadership skills. Once again, I want to thank everyone for you endless support and prayers. Whether I come home with the job as Miss Teen America or not I am still humbled to have this experience! GO MARYLAND

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Our second Girl Scout meeting

WOWRCMy Brownies were introduced to the WOW( Wonders of Water )journey this week. This journey is designed for Brownies pledge to LOVE water by protecting it, then team up to advocate for other people to SAVE water, too. As they SHARE what they …have learned, they find they can inspire even more people to protect Earth’s water. Along the way,  My Brownies will learn about the water cycle through a “Green Tea for the Blue Planet,” and enjoy making their own rainbows as they explore the precious resource of water.
During this session we also taught the girls about having a balanced diet through the “Choose my plate” activity.  Each girl had the opportunity to share their favorite vegetables,proteins,grains and fruits. Toward the end of the meeting the girls shared one entry out of their ” Girl Scout Experience Journals”.
We have only had two meetings and the sisterhood is blooming so strongly!
I love my girls!
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Our 1st meeting: Rock Creek Girl Scouts

RC Troop 1st meeting

I am officially a Girl Scout Young Leader! I will be leading three Girl Scouts troops for the next six weeks along with my fellow spelman sister( class of 2003). The first meeting was dedicated to helping the girls get familiar with Girl scouts. We taught them: The Girl Scout Law, Girl Scout Promise and Girl Scout Handshake.  The girls also had the opportunity to create their own rules, sing the make new friends song and make a friendship squeeze. During the closing, each girl shared something they wanted to learn, one girl stated ” I want to learn to how be a leader like Miss Layilah one day”.  Another girl asked me ” Miss Layilah is this your first time leading a troop” I responded “ Yes, how do you know?” she said ” Because you won’t stop smiling”.

I am so thrilled to have this opportunity and my plan for the next six weeks is to help these girls gain Courage, Confidence and Character to make the world a better place(Our mission). My plan is to guide these girls to always ” Be prepared”  ( Our motto). My plan is also to encourage these young woman to ” Do a good turn daily”( Our slogan).  The power within Girl Scout is so puissant! Its truly a pleasure to help these girls begin their journey with Girl Scout sisterhood.

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