Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines is excited to announce that Girl Scout Victoria Kosinski, 17, was selected as one of two volunteers to be recognized in the state of North Carolina as a top youth volunteer of 2017 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 22nd year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
As someone who is passionate about helping others, Victoria wanted to educate her community about issues associated with domestic violence. She was able to provide protection to domestic violence survivors by teaching self-defense classes to 60 women and by opening up a SAFE house for victims of domestic violence to go to reestablish their lives. The SAFE house was a donated doctor’s office that was renovated and turned into a home for 18 women and children. Victoria’s project benefitted the SAFE in Lenoir County Program, women in her community, and her community as a whole. As the youngest elected member of the SAFE in Lenoir County Board, Victoria will continue to impact policies on domestic violence in her community.
As a State Honoree, Victoria will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where she will join the top two honorees from other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2017.