Guest Blog: Carmen’s Week on the Hill


As a Girl Scout Congressional Aide, I had the opportunity to shadow in the office of Senator Deb Fischer. Although the Senate was out of session, Senator Fischer’s staff members provided me with interesting research assignments to complete, and I even had a chance to prepare a memo and attend a short briefing with members from SAVE (Stop Abusive and Violent Environments). I felt so fortunate to attend the briefing – especially since I just completed my Gold Award Project (Art on F.I.R.E. – Finding Inspiration in Reflective Expressions). My project addressed the issue of channeling violent expressions of youth in public housing into positive reflections.

Also, Senator Fischer co-sponsored a bill for service dogs for veterans with PTSD. I have always been intimated by dogs – but Senator Fischer’s dog Fred (who is a lovable and popular member of Senator’s Fischer staff) helped me to conquer my fear. Now I truly see why a dog is considered man’s best friend. I am going to continue to follow the bill introduced by Senators Fischer and Booker.

Thank you for providing me this amazing opportunity to participate in this program and learn so much about the legislative process. I truly enjoyed it and really felt like I was part of #TeamFischer – even though I have never visited Nebraska (yet).

~Girl Scout Ambassador Carmen M, Troop 4841