Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Girl Scout Alumna Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee Makes the World a Better Place through Service

Sheila Jackson Lee has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1995. Considered by many as a "Voice of Reason" in the halls of Congress, Sheila is dedicated to upholding the Constitutional rights of all people. Like the Girl Scouts, she has made it part of her mission to eradicate bullying—she even sponsored an act that provides grant funding to states for programs to prevent and address occurrences of bullying. So how has being a Girl Scout impacted Lee's life and work?

“Being a Girl Scout meant a lot to me when I was growing up because it equipped me with an extremely strong and solid foundation and the necessary skills and values to be a public servant,” she says. “As a Girl Scout, my biggest desire was to make the world a better place through service. Through enriching experiences such as educational field trips, sports, skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardship projects, Girl Scouts helped me develop the confidence I needed to excel in school and to realize my dream of becoming a lawyer. I learned how to make sound decisions, lead others, and serve my community. I think it is safe to say that had it not been for my experience as a Girl Scout, I would not have earned the privilege and honor of serving the people of the 18th Congressional District of Texas in the United States House of Representatives."

We couldn't be prouder to have a Girl Scout alumna who is not just making history, but also making black history! Girl Scouts rock!