Open only to girls in high school, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls—and the most difficult to earn. 

The Gold Award challenges Girl Scouts to develop projects which address global issues with sustainable solutions. 

For her Gold Award project, El Poder de Las Palabras (The Power of Words), Victoria developed an English as a second language (ESL) curriculum for students in impoverished regions of the globe, including areas of Latin America and Africa. 

The curriculum focuses on developing transferable skills, including interviewing, writing, responding to emails, phone calls, and oral presentation, all of which will benefit students as they procure employment in the future. The lessons can be self-taught, enabling students to take ownership of their futures and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

Victoria attended the 2018 Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations as a Girl Scout liaison, tasked with advocating for educational programs in rural areas. It was this experience which served as a catalyst for Victoria, spurring her to continue tackling this issue when she returned home from the United Nations.

“Being bilingual and having experienced teaching English is other countries, I know the struggles of learning a new language.” Victoria says. “I wanted to take what I learned from the U.N. and create an educational program to help children alleviate poverty.” 

Partnering with educational organizations, Victoria plans to travel to Mexico to present her curriculum to instructors and provide workshops to explain the desired outcomes and orient the English teachers and students to the new curriculum. 

Victoria is excited about her project and is eager to provide more information about the organization she is partnering with, the ways she needs support for her project, and how the community can donate materials. 

Girl Scout Public Relations Executive, Hannah Bruno, encourages the community to support Victoria, saying, “Girl Scouts, as young as five years old, are taking action to make a difference in their worlds. They are the makers of tomorrow and we, as their peers, neighbors, and mentors, must rally around them in support of their groundbreaking work.” 

For more information, contact Hannah Bruno at Hannahb@gsctx.org or at 254-253-1366.