Local Girl Scout organizes virtual event to help foster children who are aging out of the system

Gabriella Gillen emcees "Define Yourself" Jan. 16
Posted at 8:48 AM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 07:22:08-05

WESTCHASE. FLA. — Gabriella Gillen started her crusade to help kids with something she called "Bedtime Bags," care packages for children thrust into the foster care system.

That was three years ago, the last time ABC Action News checked in on this inspiring young woman.

The award-winning Girl Scout is almost 17 now, and her drive to help kids in need burns even brighter.

"Back then, I was so focused on children entering foster care, and now I'm helping teens who are aging out," she says.

On Jan. 16, Gabriella will emcee "Define Yourself," a four-hour virtual symposium she organized for foster children who are about to age out of the system.

The meet-up will be packed with special guests and will offer emotional and practical support for the challenges that await these budding adults in their next stage of life.

"When they turn 18, they're on their own, making their own choices, their own decisions," she says. "Yes, there are bumps in the road, but there's light at the end of the tunnel."

For more information on "Define Yourself," click here.