The National Young Women of Distinction honor is given by Girl Scouts of the USA to the top ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose Take Action projects demonstrated outstanding leadership, had a measureable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge related to a national and/or global issue. The girls and their projects will be showcased on the blog in advance of being honored at the 2014 Girl Scout Convention in Salt Lake City this October.
Monique Tinglin: Take Action! Fight Youth Sex Trafficking!
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
After listening to the story of Alexia, a 14-year-old sex trafficking victim, Monique knew she had found the issue for her Gold Award project. Alexia is one of 3,000 victims of sex trafficking within New York City, 100,000 in the country, and over a million worldwide. Monique knew she had the skills, and definitely the confidence, to dive into this project with full force.
Monique’s main goal was to help all girls realize their full potential. To get there, her project informed people of the magnitude of sex trafficking and inspired the nation to get involved in solving the crisis and prevent future generations suffering the same fate.
How Monique Is Changing the World:
Monique’s efforts made it all the way to Kibera, Kenya, through an organization called Shining Hope, which provides a variety of services to sex trafficking victims. On top of her service work, Monique’s passions brought her to Albany, where she lobbied to change the policies that treat sex trafficking victims as prostitutes rather than as victims.
The project ended in a “Take Action” summit. Monique brought together more than 75 adults and children of all colors and backgrounds to confront this issue and engage in a transformative conversation.
Monique can’t wait to see action like this take off on a global scale. During her work, Monique demonstrated the courage to take on a tough and sensitive issue and the ability to lead and motivate others. Above all, Girl Scouts of the USA praises Monique for believing in her ability to create change and wasting no time in taking action to show us how!
Monique is attending American University in the fall to study communication, law studies, economics, government, and Spanish. And Monique isn’t done taking action in Kenya yet. She and her troop will be visiting sex-trafficking victims in Kenya and donating supplies.