2011 Gold Award Recipient—Alexis La Benz

Posted: Apr 15, 2011

Alexis La Benz of Chandler is the creator of teensontrafficking.com a website that provides information on human trafficking from a teen perspective. She is also a Girl Scout and will be awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award for developing the website as part of her service project.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout age 14-18 may earn. The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into "going for the Gold." The project is something that fulfills a need within a girl's community (whether local or global), creates change, and hopefully, is something that becomes ongoing.

For her Gold Award project, La Benz sorted through many websites, YouTube videos, and movies to find the best information to display on the site and to build awareness of this issue among teens. She keeps up the site with new links, videos, and human trafficking-related news.  La Benz, who first learned about the subject by giving presentations to her peers, created the website to help take the message further.  "If even one person is changed by this website by knowing the skills to protect themselves, or even by reporting the abuse of someone else, then that is worth it to me," she said.

La Benz was also awarded the 2010 Young Woman of Distinction Award in the World of Leadership category as part of the Girl Scout World Awards, and has also received the Girl Scouts Bronze and Silver Awards.  She has been involved in Girl Scouts since kindergarten when he mother signed her up.

La Benz lives in Chandler with her parents and younger brother.  They are a tight-knit family that is very involved in the community, she said. 

When not in school or volunteering, she likes to sing, play the flute, dance, paint, surf and travel.  Her favorite Girl Scout experience was traveling outside the country for the first time last summer as an ambassador Girl Scout on the London Oxford Leadership Destination trip.

La Benz lives by the words of Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  She admires anyone who is courageous enough to respectfully stand up for what they believe in.

After graduation, La Benz plans on attending ASU to pursue a career in public relations, communications, marketing, or business.

La Benz will be awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award March 26, 2011 at the Heard Museum.