Asha Wills, Future Woman of Distinction 2012, Speaks at FDU's Emerging Global Leaders Seminar
Last fall, we named Asha Wills from Troop 2203 in Brooklyn as our 2012 Future Woman of Distinction. A Girl Scout since 2000, Asha is an exemplary young woman who represents the values of courage, confidence, and character that we strive to instill in girls. Her Gold Award project, Aim - Bound for College (ABC), did a remarkable job of raising awareness for the importance of higher education in her Brooklyn community. Asha established a mentorship program between adults in her church and students; she personally tutored a second-grader, resulting in the student being recognized as Most Improved Student; she introduced girls to the Girl Scout College Prep Program; and she organized a workshop for elementary schoolers on the benefits of higher education. She is preparing to attend Dartmouth College this fall.
Asha is not resting on her laurels. Since she was named Future Woman of Distinction, she has had numerous public speaking engagements and was a semifinalist for the MetroPCS Scholars and Leaders scholarship.
Now, Asha has brought the spirit of her Gold Award project and her Scouting career to the global stage. On August 4, Asha spoke as a Girl Scout Ambassador at the Emerging Global Leaders Seminar (EGLS) at Fairleigh Dickinson University which prepares youth from all over the world for the UN's Annual Youth Assembly. Asha’s remarks were on a subject close to her heart: the importance of education as one of the UN's Millennium Development Goals.
Says Asha: "More than anything, I wanted to impress upon my peers at the youth conference that they are never too young to make a difference. Education is my passion and I've found a way to make a significant and sustainable difference but I want the youth at the assembly to understand to never take for granted the opportunities - educational and otherwise - that they've been afforded, and to never underestimate their ability to affect change wherever they go."
Says Melissa D'Andrea, GSGNY's Program Manager, Teen Leadership Opportunities: “We strive to build girls who think and act both locally and globally to make sustainable change in their world. Asha’s focus on local education in her Brooklyn community and its global connection to the Millennium Development Goals is a perfect example of the Girl Scouts' mission at work.”
We congratulate Asha on her extraordinary accomplishments, and on her speech at the EGLS event.