By ASHLEY INGE
ERATH COUNTY (September 23, 2018) – Victoria Saucedo, a senior at North Central Texas Academy in Granbury and Erath County resident, has received The Girl Scout Gold Award.
The Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA, earned by Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts. Only 5.4 percent of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the Gold Award. As a Gold Girl, they are to use their vision for change to create a service project that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides lasting benefit to a larger community. Additionally, a girl must spend at least 80 hours on the service project and have earned two Girl Scout Journeys or one Journey and the Silver Award.
For Saucedo’s Gold Award, she will be publishing an ESL (English as a Second Language) curriculum for students in an impoverished area of Mexico.
“For my project, I am publishing an ESL curriculum for ages 13-18 that teaches job skills and helps them practice communication in the workplace such as writing and responding to emails, making phone calls, meetings/oral presentations and job interviews,” Saucedo said. “I am working with Hogar Infantil, a children’s home in Mexico. In October, I will be flying to Mexico to deliver the finished curriculum to the organization and hosting orientation classes to teach them about the design of my curriculum. What makes my curriculum different is that it is self-taught. The reason for this design is to accommodate impoverished areas. That way, kids won’t always need a teacher to assist them. Success will be measured by “checkpoints” at the end of each section that has them evaluate their skills after the new section.”
Saucedo came up with her Gold Award project when she was interning at the United Nations in New York in March.
“My primary role was an advocacy liaison. I was responsible for representing the girl and teen voice at the United Nations. During various conferences at the United Nations concerning poverty, I concluded that the root of these issues is all the same: education. I realized that many issues could begin to be solved if people in rural areas had access to education, especially in impoverished areas. To take action, I decided to take my U.N. experience and connect it with the Gold Award project,” Saucedo said.
Saucedo is currently still in the process of earning the Gold Award. She will complete her project at the beginning of October where she will be delivering the curriculum to the organization she is working within Mexico. Her project will take approximately 150 hours to complete.
She said her most challenging part of this project is “finding time to write it with SAT prep and AP classes.”
Saucedo has been in Girl Scouts for 13 years now and she said her favorite thing about Girl Scouts “besides the cookies” is “the women’s empowerment and environment it provides for young girls to grow.”
Besides scouting, Saucedo is also involved in Erath County 4-H, National Honor Society, Youth & Government and Pioneer Communities. She is also a bassoonist in the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra.
She plans to attend university in New York City and double major in biology and psychology. After college, she would like to attend medical school and train in a neurosurgery residency after medical school.
“Inspired by my U.N. experience, I am on a mission to change the world — or at least my corner of it,” Saucedo said. “Being Hispanic, I definitely wanted to do my service project in Mexico where I could involve my family heritage. I hope you support me and my team as we attempt to end poverty and bring ‘the power of words’ through the curriculum that I am creating.”
“If anyone is interested in supporting me (donating), they can contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org,” Saucedo added.