Kimberly Hassel, a GlamourGals volunteer from Townsend Harris High School in Queens, NY received a scholarship for the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards offered through the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.
As the Gold Medallion Recipient for Business, Kimberly received a $1,000 scholarship in October. In March, she received the National Hispanic Heritage Youth Award in Business based on her volunteer activities, her interest in forming connections with others, and her interest in business. At a national ceremony in Miami, Kimberly met with key Latino leaders like actor William Levy.
In her acceptance speech, Kimberly discussed GlamourGals, which caused her to receive a round of applause from the audience.
"I was extremely excited for GlamourGals," Kimberly notes. "Not only was it so well received, but others now know about our mission!"
As a national recipient, Kimberly won a laptop, two round trip tickets on Southwest Airlines, and an opportunity to be funneled into LOFT (Latinos on Fast Track) which trains potential leaders.
As a bonus, Kimberly also received multiple business cards from Latino leaders thanks to the networking skills she learned at the GlamourGals Leadership Training Institute (GLTI) in November 2011.
"Words cannot even describe how GlamourGals has changed me! GG has taught be to step out of my shell in order to help others. During our visits to Atria, I have learned that listening to others is a great way to attain new knowledge about the past, and about the truths of life," Kimberly says.
"Now, I no longer think twice before approaching seniors, adults, or even other teenagers. The techniques that I have learned at the GLTI have allowed me to blossom in professional environments. As members of GlamourGals, we are not just volunteers; we are leaders. With each visit to senior homes, we are reminding society that serving others should always remain a primary goal. Of course, it never hurts to be fashionable in the process!"
This fall, Kimberly will be attending Dartmouth College and is planning to double major in Government (Internal Relations) and Economics.
Congrats to Kimberly and we wish her well in her future endeavors.