Vista Oaks Charter
Ashley Clark's Youth Leader
One word summarizes Ashley Clark: Tenacious.
Ashley is DETERMINED. Once she identifies a goal, she is unstoppable. She can charm people, she can inspire them and she can be forceful in order to achieve what she thinks is necessary. Over 13 years I have been able to watch Ashley grow and learn how achieve her goals in a positive and respectful manner. I love that she has been able to learn to channel her passions into productive team projects to benefit the Community at large. I have witnessed this first hand with her Girl Scout Silver Award and now her Girl Scout Gold Award.
Ashley is quick to recognize the talents and skills possessed by others. She is quick to appreciate the diversity that her Girl Scout Sisters bring to any meeting, project or activity. I love watching her draw in the shy or less vocal members of the group by identifying their talents and empowering them through encouragement and deference to their skills and encouraging them to contribute to their fullest capacity. This creates groups of diverse individuals with very different skill sets who accomplish much more as a team than they could separately.
Despite all of her passion and determination, Ashley is also socially aware and able to be cognizant of her environment. She can be a typical teen who easily blends into widely varying social groups and is able to communicate with peers on both a social and emotional level. This skill allows her to be socially and culturally involved while not needing validation from her peers. Her confidence in her own skills and comfort in her own efforts is something Ashley has acquired and developed as a young woman.
Community service is part of the Girl Scout DNA and Ashley is no exception. As a very young girl, Ashley engaged in regular community service projects with her church and in her Girl Scout Troop. As she has matured, she has continued to engage in regular community service projects such as helping our Veterans at the American Legion, planting flowers, and beautifying our local community through trash abatement projects in our waterways and parks, but now she leads younger girls and identifies more complicated and sustainable projects.
Ashley has earned her Girl Scout Service to Community pin at both Girl Scout levels in High school. These pins represent over 40 hours of approved and documented Service to the local Community. In addition, Ashley has earned her Service to Girl Scouts at every level possible representing over 60 documented hours of service. As Ashley’s Troop Leader I can personally attest to the fact she has documented more than double the required hours for Service to Girl Scouting at each level.
It is important to address Ashley’s achievements with regard to Girl Scout’s highest awards. Ashley earned the Bronze Award as an elementary student for her project to bring awareness to the community about the dangers of litter in our waterways. In middle school, while undergoing tremendous personal strife and peer pressure, she completed her Silver Award. She spent over 50 hours refurbishing and enhancing the after school study library for the local Boys and Girls Club, a project that is still in use today.