Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Summer of Service: What This Summer Is All About

Girl Scouts is all about helping every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ empower herself to take action and make the world a better place. That’s why Girl Scouts and Disney have collaborated to bring girls the Elena of Avalor Scepter of Light Award, which is rightfully modeled after Elena of Avalor and her characteristics of leadership, compassion, critical thinking, collaboration, and courage—just like a Girl Scout. The first recipient is 17-year-old Ashley Chico, who is making a huge difference in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and healthcare fields through her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

Ashley’s Gold Award project extended STEM and healthcare to people who did not previously have access. Her first project, titled Project CODE, provides STEM resources like classes and workshops for students in underserved communities. Impressive! But she didn’t stop there. After Project CODE, Ashley developed a healthcare app called CHICO HealthCare that allows illiterate patients to share their personal and medical information using voice recognition in any language, easing communications and registration for medical care.

Want to be like Ashley, but don’t know where to start? Check out Disney’s Summer of Service initiative, which offers suggestions for how to help out your community all summer long (until September 30). Big ideas require lots of planning, dedication, and leadership, so Disney wants to help girls by offering a $500 grant (yes, free money) to support their ideas for service! Of course, there’s more than one way to support your community. Whether your idea is as big as Ashley’s or as simple as volunteering at a food pantry, your efforts are important and make a difference in the world. Remember to share them using #SummerofService!

Photo: CEO of Girl Scouts of Citrus, Maryann Barry (left), and Executive Vice President of Original Programming and General Manager of Disney Junior Worldwide, Nancy Kanter (right), award Girl Scout Ashley Chico of Orlando, Fla. with the inaugural Scepter of Light award representing The Gold Award. (Photo credit: Kent Phillips)