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Volunteer Spotlight

Each month, we are happy to highlight a volunteer at GSHCC who dedicates their time and talent to Girl Scouts. Thank you volunteers for helping build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

July 2019: Danielle Sturgeon

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Name: 
Danielle Sturgeon

Where do you work and what do you do? 
I work for the City of Sacramento: START After School Program as a Program Coordinator at Glenwood Elementary School.

Were you a Girl Scout? If yes, where? 
No, but I always wanted to be!

How long have you volunteered with Girl Scouts? What volunteer role do you have?
I have volunteered with Girl Scouts for the last 9 months or so. My after-school program partnered with Girl Scouts and their after-school troop efforts. As a result, I became the troop leader for our troop #7032.

Why do you volunteer for Girl Scouts? 
I am an advocate for youth empowerment and youth development having worked in youth services for almost 15 years. I have a passion for providing unique opportunities and exposing our underprivileged youth to new things that they may not have the resources for. I feel Girl Scouts was an amazing partnership to help me do just that! I love everything that Girl Scouts stands for, and I feel it creates a solid platform for our young ladies! The activities, the uniforms, the workshops, the camps, the cookie sales, and the sisterhood provide lifelong impact! 

Not to mention…I was unfortunately never able to join Girl Scouts when I was younger (even though I really wanted to!) and now I get to carry out my childhood dream and share this experience with my own daughter!

What’s your favorite thing about volunteering with Girl Scouts? 
My favorite part is giving back and being that role model for the girls. I love the ability to teach the girls new things while learning from the girls in return! 

What advice would you give to young girls? 
Be true to who you are and own it! Run with it! You can truly be whatever you want to be, do what you want to do, go wherever you want to go as long as you put your mind to it. Your biggest obstacle is yourself, and when you have built the confidence and mindset to succeed, you can achieve anything. As a young woman, you are powerful beyond measure, and when you tap into your inner strength, you will soar. Don’t forget that there is help and support along the way. You are not alone! You have sisters…

Favorite Girl Scout Cookie flavor? 
Peanut Butter Patties

Outside of volunteering, what are a few of your hobbies? 
In true Girl Scout form, I love the outdoors! I love to go camping, I love to go to the beach, I love bike riding with my kids, I love spending time with family and friends, and living life to the fullest!

Anything else you’d like to share about your experience with Girl Scouts (history with organization, recognitions or awards received, etc.)? 
Girl Scouts is an amazing organization! I am so happy to have joined on both a personal and professional level. My Girl Scout representative, Everly Ban Torres, has been so amazing and so helpful through the process of our first year. I can’t wait for our troop to grow and develop more in the next school year.

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Past Volunteer Spotlights

May 2018: Nicole Nunez
June 2018: Rathish Jayabharath
July 2018: Heide Allen
August 2018: Carly Narlesky
September 2018: Silvia Marwick
October 2018: Anne Otter
November 2018: Tamarin Austin
December 2018: Jenni Payton Moore
January 2019: Gizelly Criswell
February 2019: Sara Egelhoff
March 2019: Edie Hannigan
April 2019: Abby Silva
May 2019: Leah Parkhurst
June 2019: Sarah Cuthill