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!
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.
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
My 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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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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I wanted to share a paragraph out of ” How to be your own Best Friend” by Mildred Newman and Brenard Berkowitz which really resonated with me. It basically explains how many people carry unsettling experiences as children into adulthood which creates negative lasting effects.
“ Sometimes they secretly believe that if they keep on long enough with misconceived behavior, they’ll make it right…….. Some people feel very justified in that anger; they can give you all the details on how unfairly they were treated. They are usually right; they did get cheated as children. But what they don’t see us that they are now cheating themselves as adults. As long as they spend their energies being angry at the people who deprived them once, they won’t spend their efforts on getting for themselves what they need now. Their rage isn’t hurting their parents, but its crippling now their own children”
We all undergo many challenges throughout life, Simply so we can grow, learn and move on to bigger yet better things. Its unfair to place the burden of past events upon your love ones. One of the hardest things for people is letting go. Don’t let other peoples mistakes take over your life!
I received my adult membership pin. We had a mini investiture ceremony last night. So excited to have my own troop of young girls who are unfamiliar with Girl Scouts.
I am so excited to announce that I will be one of the Young Leaders in Montgomery County! Check out the information below for more details.
The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital’s (GSCNC) Young Leaders Program (YLP) connects college students and young professionals to lead Girl Scout troops for girls from underserved communities in the Washington Metropolitan region.
Young Leaders run sampler troops, helping girls in the troop build courage, confidence and character, and the skills to make the world a better place. Leaders experience empowerment, leadership, and an opportunity to make a difference.
YLP troops are located in area public schools and a select number of private and charter schools. Girls in YLP troops are between the ages of 5 and 14. While in YLP troops, girls experience the traditions of Girl Scouting, as well as activities involving health, fitness, science, art, literacy, career exploration, and culture. At the end of the program, the goal is to transition the sampler troop to a long-term traditional troop.
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to run my own troop of girls who are unfamiliar with Girl Scouts. Stay tuned for more blogs about my experience