January 20, 2010 In today's high-wired, ultra-techy youth culture it's refreshing to see young people unplug and reach into their hearts and become 'Agents of Change.'
That's a badge that Almont Junior Girl Scouts recently worked toward, and in so doing provide a reminder that all of us have the power to wear that badge.
The girls in Troop 1914 on Saturday donated items they'd collected during the project to Lapeer County's Paradise Animal Shelter. The 4th- and 5th-graders chose the animal shelter after careful consideration about an area of community service they'd like to make a difference in.
Along with hands-on experience as 'Agents of Change,' the girls learned a little business acumen—how to define a project, set a goal and advertise to achieve their desired outcome. While it's likely that they used some of the high-tech equipment that's so imbedded in their young lives, it's also obvious that they did so to broaden their experiences beyond the computer screen, cell phone, iPod, etc. and carry out a collective mission—to be agents of change.
Good work, Almont Junior Girl Scout Troop 1914. You are an inspiration to your peers—and to us grown up folks, too. May we all aspire to earn that badge.