Julia Zamora, a teen with a mission
Julia Zamora is a high student at Cornelia Connelly High School. Cornelia Connelly was established in 1961 by the Sisters of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus; Connelly is Orange County's only independent, college preparatory Catholic high school for girls.
In February of 2014 Julia was in the preliminary stages of her Gold Award for the Girl Scouts of America. The Girl Scout Gold Award symbolizes the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. This award is very prestigious and challenging. The goal of this seven-step project is to change the world by solving a community problem. After bouncing ideas back and forth with her advisors, Julia decided to create an educational booklet to be offered free of charge to all incoming students at Cornelia Connelly HS. Her idea came to her after Laura’s House Prevention Education Specialist did a presentation on Teen Dating Abuse at her school. She decided that the information was valuable and needed to be heard by all present and future students.
She titled her booklet, SOAR, Spreading Optimistic Attitudes on Relationships. Some of the topics that she covers in the booklet are: types of abuse, cycle of violence, red flags, effects on teens, helping someone, safety planning, FAQ's/helpful information, healthy relationships, and how to get help/local resources. Next, Julia plans on getting her booklet to other private schools.
Julia is asking the tough questions about dating and offering education & resources. Laura's House applauds Julia and we commend her for raising awareness and taking action on Teen Dating Abuse!!