100 years mentoring girls – OLIVIA BENOIT is nine years old and in Junior troop 4326. "My dad is in Haiti. My mom goes to the school of nursing," she explained. She is an only child and wants to be a teacher when she grows up, "because I love all my teachers and they are so fun to learn from" she said.
100 years mentoring girls – JULISSA LOUIS is six years old and in Daisy troop 4338. Her family comes from Haiti. She got into Girl Scouts in January after she and her mom saw a group of Girl Scouts at the mall. Her favorite thing about being in Girl Scouts? "We get to learn about the world and the future and everything," she said after receiving new badges at the Thinking Day celebration in Queens Village in New York City.
100 years mentoring girls – NALDA GOMES, 43, and other volunteers lead Daisy troop 4338 (ages 5 to 6), Brownie troop 4330 (ages 7 to 8) and Junior troop 4326 (ages 9 to 10) in Queens Village in New York City. Most girls have Latino, Caribbean or African-American backgrounds. Gomes was a Girl Guide in her native Antigua, in the Caribbean, before moving to the U.S. at age 13. "All international Girl Scouts are considered Girl Guides, only in the states are they called girl scouts," she explained. "I'm a registered nurse. I work at St. Luke's Roosevelt hospital as a clinical educator."
100 years mentoring girls – TYLER FOSTER is seven years old (left) and joined the Girl Scouts with her neighbor MAKAYLA SHIELDS, eight years old. "I joined so I can learn more things," Shields said. Foster's favorite Girl Scouts activity is selling cookies and going on trips. She wants to become a teacher someday, which according to a Girl Scouts' survey is one of the most popular professions among its members.
100 years mentoring girls – BRIANNA ORTIZ is seven years old and just joined her troop. "I was begging my mom that I wanted to be a Girl Scout," she said. She attended Thinking Day with her whole family. Her dad Ronulfo Ortiz (center) is from El Salvador. Her mom, Priscilla, is from the U.S. Her sister Daniella, four, has not joined the Girl Scouts and neither have her cousins Ivette Cruz (right) and Karla Cruz (left).
100 years mentoring girls – KAITLYN JEAN-BART is eight and joined the Girl Scouts five years ago and particularly likes helping others, "get stuff for the charity, put them in boxes and ship them off," she said. Her Father is Haitian and her mother is from North Carolina.
100 years mentoring girls – ZARIA GAITHER, is seven and got into Girl Scouts because of her sister Erena. "My sister started and so I wanted to start it too and learn new things," she said. Erena, 14, is a Cadet now, "I started when I was little, just like a hobby" Erena said. Their mom, Zorina Bostic is a troop leader for the Daisies. The family thinks trips are the best part of the whole experience. "It's better when you get older 'cause you go on better trips," said Erena. Her favorite thus far? Visiting Madame Tussauds wax museum in Manhattan.
100 years mentoring girls – MALCOLM ROBERTSON's four daughters have all been Girl Scouts. His third daughter, Alexis is on her Twelfth year as a Girl Scout and is now a cadet in Queens. "I was thinking about becoming a troop leader later but I really want to become a medical examiner first" she said. Her father, who teaches sixth grade social studies and science, values that the girls get to do things they normally wouldn't. "It's a good environment, it's a good way to be involved in the community and... in service", he said.
100 years mentoring girls – HASINA NAYL and her father OMAR NAYL relocated from California two years ago. Hasina started with the Girl Scouts as a Daisy in California. She's now part of Brownie troop 4330. "It was kind of hard to find a troop, 'cause everywhere was full. I'm glad we found this one right here, she's had a lot of fun, she's learning," her dad said. Nayl runs a cell phone and wireless internet business and moved to the U.S. from Afghanistan 22 years ago. His wife is a nurse.