By Lori Lyn Lirio
CELINE Cabrera, the 2018 Miss Marianas, wants to reactivate the Northern Mariana Island Girl Scout program to be her major community project to help young girls learn valuable life and leadership skills as active volunteers.
NMI Girl Scout president Tania P. David said the club was in hiatus for four years now. It took a break in 2014 due to lack of volunteers.
Being part of the Girl Scout herself, Cabrera said it taught her a lifelong lesson especially on environmental issues and it gave her great experience.
“As a little girl, I remember being a little brownie and I didhave an amazing experience with my fellow Girl Scout members. Iremember the beach clean ups, helping out with the community. We wereable to give back to our community by helping ensure our environmentstays clean and ready for the next generation. As a young girl, thatwas a great experience. I love other young girls to have the sameexperience that I did,” Cabrera said in an interview.
With the plan of reviving the project, six-year-old to 12-year-old girls will now have the chance to become a Girl Scout of the NMI.
“I decided to help bring back the NMI Girl Scouts as it is avaluable global program that will offer many fun activities andopportunities for our young girls to share their ideas, learn fromeach other and experience positive growth,” Cabrera said.
“I am very excited to be a part of creating this opportunity andlook forward to working with our teams to ensure not only asuccessful program, but also one that will continue for a while,”she added.
She said girls will be exposed to many activities, such as science, math and technology, business and economic literacy, outdoor and environmental awareness.
“But what I want to instill in them is the friendship andbonding and learn how to fit in with other girls around them. I wantthem to [learn to] have confidence – letting them know that we arehere to empower one another as a group of girls helping ourcommunity.”
“We are happy to pair up with Miss Marianas and the StellarMarianas group to help revive our program and provide the necessarysupport to give our young girls this wonderful opportunity,” David said.
Girl Scouts of the USA is the largest organization for girls in the world. Its mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
“We are encouraging parents and family members to also registeras adult volunteers to help with troops, activities and otherevents,” David said.
“We will be providing all the necessary information at the upcoming open house and would like to invite all interested participants to attend. We are looking forward to a great year by establishing active troops and volunteers,” she added.
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