United Way Named Apex Girl Scout 2012 Emily's Star

United Way names Apex Girl Scout 2012 Emily’s Star


Raleigh, N.C. – The Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) of United Way of the Greater Triangle has named Girl Scout Marisa Bishop one of Emily’s Stars, an award which recognizes outstanding young teen girls who have demonstrated personal growth and made a positive difference in their community.

As part of attending last year’s weeklong WLC-sponsored Discover the Leader in You! Leadership Camp at Girl Scout Camp Mary Atkinson, Bishop learned how to build relationships, identify leadership styles, and deal with conflict. She ultimately developed a leadership action plan.

According to Bishop, “As a result of the Discover the Leader in You camp, my involvement within the community increased.”

After attending leadership camp, Bishop accepted more challenging opportunities

“Volunteering at the NC Food Bank and participating for hours at a soup kitchen was an eye opener. I was surprised with the diversity and different ethnic groups at the soup kitchen. Despite each person’s appearance, I was respectful since people are unique,” Bishop said.

Bishop’s action plan focused on learning more about and volunteering at the NC Food Bank. She has taught others in her Girl Scout troop about the need to keep neighborhoods litter free and how to respect the environment. Through her leadership, Girl Scout Troop #945 joined Adopt-A-Highway and adopted the stretch of road in front of the church where they meet.

The Girl Scouts have had an impact on the environment in their local community. They say they love seeing the cleaner roadway, and Kendall feels a sense of pride in being the leader behind the effort. Her philosophy is “maybe if others see us kids picking up trash, they will think twice before throwing their drink cans out of the window.”

Thirteen-year-old Bishop is the daughter of Mathias and Gwen Bishop of Apex, N.C. She is in the eighth grade at Charles W. Stanford Middle School.

The Emily’s Star Award is named after Emily Andrews, founder of the Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of the Greater Triangle.

About Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouting is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines serves more than 32,000 girl members and nearly 10,000 adult members in 41 central and eastern North Carolina counties. (Counties are: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pender, Person, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne, and Wilson.) The council’s administrative headquarters is located in Raleigh, with additional program and service centers located in Fayetteville and Goldsboro. For more information on membership or volunteer opportunities, call 919-782-3021 or visit www.nccoastalpines.org.

About United Way of the Greater Triangle

United Way of the Greater Triangle improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities. United Way of the Greater Triangle serves Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties by connecting callers to health and human service programs through United Way 2-1-1. To learn more about United Way of the Greater Triangle, visit www.unitedwaytriangle.org.

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