Minorities Seeking Solutions: A group of Dallas area twentysomethings are “frustrated by the high rates of teen pregnancy, HIV and crime in Black communities in Dallas.” So, they’ve come together to do the “footwork” to help stop these issues.
Girl Scout Ambassador Jillian Ross (center) stands between Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (left) and Debra Lee, chairman and CEO of Black Entertainment Television (BET) Networks (right) during a luncheon hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA in partnership with BET at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.
By Ashley Anthony/HAVEN GIRLS
At 17, Jillian Ross says she’s focused on being a leader.
“When you’re a leader, you’re someone that has a vision to make a change, and you’re in a position where you can implement that change.” Ross said. “You can inspire so many.”
Ross, a high school senior in the Houston area, should be an inspiration to many of her peers. She’s busy honing her leadership skills at school and in her community.She was recently awarded a $10,000 scholarship from her favorite store, Nordstrom, for her community activism and diligence in school.
A 15-year-old Dallas teen girl who ran away from home and was caught shoplifting in Houston told police she was from Colombia and without “a thorough background check” was deported there in April 2011. Now, she’s coming home. While in Colombia, the teen worked at a call center and even posted the job on her Facebook page, according to the Dallas ABC news affiliate. Click here to read the full story.