Friday, August 17, 2018

Four Gold Award Girl Scouts Who Are Crushing It on National Nonprofit Day

Sharleen, Girl Scouts of Orange County

For her Gold Award project, Sharleen, 17, from Girl Scouts of Orange County, initiated the first-ever STEM program at a local Boys and Girls Club targeted at after-school programs for underserved children. Her goal was to ignite the kids' natural desires to learn and discover, by designing STEM curricula including fun, hands-on activities. To do this, Sharleen partnered with over 40 different organizations, including six Boys and Girls Clubs, over 20 county and city libraries/bookmobiles, three Title I elementary schools, California State University, World Vision, the county fair, children's festivals, STEM expos, and a children's learning center. To date, she has developed over 100 hands-on STEM activities and mobilized over 140 volunteers from 15 different schools to bring weekly STEM programs to underserved children. She has built a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, STEMup4Youth, that now has more than 40 partners around Southern California, reaching out to over 5,000 children and engaging more than 140 volunteers from 10 local schools. Extraordinary!
This G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ is a STEM rock star.

Learn more about Sharleen's STEMup4Youth

Jacklyn, Girl Scouts of Citrus Council

Jacklyn is taking a stand against skin cancer by spreading awareness about the risks associated with getting too much sun. Her Girl Scout Gold Award project was inspired by her grandfather “Poppy,” a melanoma survivor; it calls on high school kids and others in Jacklyn’s community to pledge to use sun protection. To kick-start her skin protection journey, Jacklyn supplied area teens with sunscreen, lip balm, sun bracelets, sunglasses, and an educational card. As for sustainability, Jacklyn is taking steps to turn her Gold Award project into a nonprofit; she also created a
website with educational resources that are already impacting her community. Because of this Gold Award Girl Scout’s project, over 600 teens have since learned more about melanoma.

Learn more about Jacklyn's Pink Lady Bug

Shelby, Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast

After volunteering at a local aquarium, Shelby was struck by the environmental issues facing our oceans—so she decided to take action. Jr Ocean Guardians was Shelby’s Girl Scout Gold Award project, allowing her to share her passion for saving our oceans and marine life. As part of her project, she and her Jr Ocean Guardian Ambassadors visit young schoolchildren and host beach cleanups to spread the word about alternatives to single-use plastics and the importance of recycling. Shelby also led a “No Straw November” push to increase awareness of the amount of disposable plastic straws discarded daily. Her efforts were so successful that the California Coastal Commission unanimously approved Shelby's resolution by the same name last October.

Learn more about Shelby’s Jr Ocean Guardians.

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 Cancer Kickin' Critters.