Ada learned to use her voice

Ada is a go-getter. Her friends and fellow troop members would describe her as opinionated and smart. She takes all AP and advanced classes, is part of multiple clubs, and as an 11th grader is always thinking about her resume and upcoming college applications.

Ada had the opportunity to go to The Youth Activist Summit in St. Paul to expand her network and engage in intellectual discussions not related to school. So along with her leader and 9 other high schoolers in her troop, Ada attended the Summit.

During a session on cultural diversity within colleges, the group discussed how diversity is acknowledged in their high schools. Ada came alive! She began to open up and share anecdotes about being the only student of color and the only Muslim in almost all of her classes.

Because Ada was able to attend the Youth Activist Summit through Girl Scouts, Ada experienced feeling open and comfortable being herself and sharing her experiences. After the session, Ada said, “That was so awesome! I never ever talk in class. Everyone is white or Asian and there is no one to back up my opinions. I can’t believe I said so much in there!”

None of her friends had ever heard her talk about her experience in classes before, and never would have guessed she felt uncomfortable speaking up and being herself in that setting.
Through Girl Scouts Ada learned to use her voice and gained the confidence to speak up in any groups or situations she finds herself in.

Over the summer, Ada reported back to her leader that she feels more comfortable speaking up about issues that are important to her. She even took on a leadership role in one of her clubs for this next school year!