LOS ANGELES, CA —Pooja Nagpal, an Indian American with the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles was among the ten young women to be named the 2015 National Young Women of Distinction, according to an announcement by The Girl Scouts of the USA. Nagpal and the other nine were chosen, because of their Gold Award projects which demonstrated extraordinary leadership, have measureable impact and sustainability,
and address a local, national, and/or global issues. Nagpal and the other young women honorees will be celebrated Oct. 7 at the Edith Macy Conference Center in Chappaqua, New York. Nagpal’s project hihglighted ending violence against women worldwide by teaching self-defense to women and girls in rural villages in Himachal Pradesh and battered women’s shelters in Los Angeles. Nagpal has a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo, and has also trained in street fighting. She hasl created a two-part curriculum that not only successfully strengthened girls’ and women’s physical abilities but also exercised their mental acuity through discussions and activities around leadership, community service, confidence and education. This past year, Nagpal founded “For a Change, Defend,” a non-profit organization, and spoke at numerous events in her efforts to raise awareness about domestic violence and female empowerment. The Girl Scout Gold Award, which turns 100 in 2016, represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. According to Girl Scout research, Gold Award recipients rate their overall success in life significantly higher than non-recipients and report greater success in reaching their life goals.