Gabriella Gillen is 17 years old and a junior in High School at Liahona Preparatory Academy. She has grown up in Tampa all of her life with her family of 6. She has been involved in Girl Scouts for the last 10 years. She is currently an ambassador in Girl Scouts. This year is her 5th as a member of the CEO Advisory Board of Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. She has also been a Girl Scout Media Girlz for two years now. She is a Silver Award recipient. She created 50 TLC Bedtime Bags for children in foster care that were ripped from their homes. Through her Silver Award project that she completed in 2018, she has received many prestigious awards such as NHL Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero of Tomorrow award, Everyday Hero award by Bay News 9, ABC Action News Game Charger and,The President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Currently, she just completed her Girl Scout Gold Award. Gabriella designed and hosted an annual, virtual, free of cost event called Define Yourself. She saw the need to help teens as they age out of foster care. A lot of teens that are about to age out don’t have the proper resources or even the confidence to be on their own. Define Yourself is able to help teens in care understand their worth and help them work towards success. She partnered with United Way Suncoast on this project. She also partnered with many organizations in the community that provided wonderful resources that can provide resources for teens in foster care such as Suncoast Voices for Children, Girl Scout West Central of Florida, Generation Renewed, CDC of Tampa, and Ready for Life. She contacted many sponsors in the community to help such as Chick Fil A, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Tampa Bay Rays. She also worked with community leaders to establish a “Define Yourself College Scholarship”.
For the past two years, Gabriella has worked at a Chick Fil A franchise as a front counter cashier and a Certified Trainer. During her freetime, she enjoys volunteering at St. Joseph Women’s Hospital. She has been volunteering at the hospital for almost two years and she loves to work on the Mom and Baby floor. She is very passionate about learning more and hopefully going into the medical field someday. In September of this year, she was awarded Congress of Future Leader Medical Award of Excellence. She also has have the volunteer experience of working with foster children as teacher’s assistant at A Kid’s Place.
She is a member of three National Honor Societies. She serves as the Managing Editor for her school’s yearbook staff and a Young Women’s Class President for her church.