Saturday, May 19, 2018

Weekly Girl Scout Gold Award Spotlight

Check out this week’s sampling of go-getting, innovating, risk-taking Gold Award Girl Scouts—young women who know what it means to lead with true G.I.R.L. spirit!

Noelle, Girl Scouts Nation's Capital

Noelle went for the Gold in a creative way! She developed her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Cancer Kickin’ Critters (“handmade with love for you!”), to help ease the loneliness, depression, and anxiety of children fighting cancer. Thinking especially of those patients who remain in hospitals for long stretches, Noelle works with knitters and crocheters from all different fields to craft stuffed toys for kids at more than a half dozen hospitals in the U.S. Not only has this innovative Girl Scout turned her project into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, she’s also created and delivered more than 1,000 Critter Creation Kits for kids to create their own stuffed animals in hospitals across the U.S. and Canada.

Learn more about Noelle’s project.

Gabriella, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania

Gabriella’s Girl Scout Gold Award project, Taking Care of Your SELFie, consisted of a workshop she developed for girls in sixth through eighth grades to help them reduce stress and boost self-confidence. The one-day event taught girls about social media safety, how to identify positive role models, and even yoga to release endorphins. Considering Girl Scouts builds girls of courage and confidence, it’s no surprise Gabriella was equipped to foster these attributes in other girls in her community! 

Learn more about Gabriella’s project.

Adriana, Girl Scouts of Southern

When Adriana found out that 43 percent of Hispanic people in Arizona were on the organ transplant waiting list but only 13 percent were registered organ donors, she took action—Gold Award style! To raise awareness of organ donation in her community, for her Girl Scout Gold Award project she teamed up with Donor Network of Arizona, visiting local schools and healthcare centers where she educated members in her community about organ donation. As a result, Adriana inspired many people to sign up to be donors.

Learn more about Adriana’s project.

Melissa, Girl Scouts of Nassau County 

With this account, we’re honoring Gold Award Girl Scout Melissa, who died of sudden heart complications in 2016. 

In true Girl Scout fashion, Melissa loved giving back to her community. After learning that a fire had destroyed a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post and a new construction had gone up in its place, for her Girl Scout Gold Award she combined her passions for art and giving back to help decorate the interior of the new space. To inform her approach and bring an educational touch to her art, she interviewed local veterans on the different services they provide and learned about the various branches of the U.S. armed forces.

Melissa’s dedication to leaving her corner of the world better than she found it is what Girl Scouts is all about. Rest in peace, Girl Scout.

Gold Award Girl Scouts are recipients of one of the most prestigious awards in the world for girls. By the time they put the final touches on their seven-step projects, they’ll have addressed a significant problem in their community—not only in the short term, but with a plan to sustain the work for years into the future. They’re also eligible for college scholarships and to enter the military one rank higher than non–Gold Award Girl Scouts.

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