Posts Tagged ‘Gold Award’

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Girl Perspectives: Making the World a Better Place (Kathryn)

August 14, 2017

Girl Scout Kathryn shares how her Girl Scout Gold Award project is leaving a lasting impact in her local community and the world. 

I have been a Girl Scout since I was a Daisy and I am writing today as someone in whom Girl Scouts has built courage, character and confidence through her involvement. My involvement empowered me to stand-up for what I believe in and equipped me to take a stance on important topics.

For example, through my work on my Girl Scout Gold Award project, I educated my community on the topic of human trafficking. During my freshman year in high school I became aware of the existence of this modern day slavery, after reading a book titled God in a Brothel: An Undercover Journey into Sex Trafficking and Rescue. Human trafficking, which includes both sex and labor trafficking, is an international issue, but it also affects our state and the local county where I reside. Did you know that North Carolina consistently ranks in the top 15 states in the nation with the most human trafficking, and is estimated to currently be ranked 9th.

The majority of people do not know that this is still a problem today, particularly within the United States. My Gold Award project focused on the preventative and awareness aspects of ending human trafficking. With the help of the Salvation Army of Wake County and other experts in the field, I created a presentation geared towards teenagers in my community. I presented to groups in my community, including at my high school, where the presentation was added as a part of the curriculum. The reach of my project surpassed my expectations due to the sensitive nature of the topic, and the help of intentional conversations. Because my project was presented to minors, for every minor that would hear the presentation there had to be at least one parent or guardian to view the presentation, and numerous other authority figures within both Girl Scouts and outside organizations. Each time somebody had to review the content of my presentation, they were becoming educated as well. Each person that was educated is now aware of the existence of human trafficking, as well as the signs so that it may be caught and ended.

Each person that is aware of human trafficking has the ability to say something and look out for their friends and family. They can spread the news of this issue so that more people are aware. After hearing my presentation or reading over the content, I heard numerous times about how people went on to share this information with their family and others they care about. If through my Girl Scout Gold Award project, I was able to help prevent just one person from being trafficked, my project would be a huge success. I will never know the scope of my project, or if it directly prevented human trafficking, but I am confident that I have been impacted by the experience of completing my Gold Award.

As a freshman at NC State, I am a member of the International Justice Mission Chapter at my school. This Christian organization focuses on ending human trafficking through both awareness and direct contact with victims. Within my campus’ chapter of International Justice Mission, I serve as co-treasurer and speak at events on the campus at NC State. My experiences creating the presentation and presenting it have equipped me to confidently share about human trafficking as I did this numerous times for my project.

Completing my Girl Scout Gold Award project allowed me to grow in other areas of my life as well. I experienced communicating with adults I had no former relationship with. I learned to set goals and timelines to meet project deadlines. I persevered through obstacles and roadblocks including being a minor myself when my interest in this topic started, and so much more.

Wow! Thanks for sharing your story, Kathryn! To join in sharing your Girl Scout story, visit our story submissions page!

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Tips for Going Gold: Working with the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee

February 1, 2016

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By Eileen Miller, Program Director

When a girl decides to #GoGold and earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, you can see the spark of change ignite within her. She’s ready to make an impact, big and small, and is dedicated to creating a sustainable project within her community. Since council unification in 2007, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines has presented this prestigious award to nearly 500 girls who have pursued their passions for community service and a commitment to making the world a better place. These Girl Scouts are beyond impressive and we are so proud of all they have accomplished.

If your girl is considering earning her Girl Scout Gold Award, we know the process can seem overwhelming and a little scary. But here’s the good news! With a team of caring and supportive adults cheering her on, the award process doesn’t have to be daunting. In addition to a girl’s family and troop support, our council has a volunteer-driven Girl Scout Gold Award Committee which serves as a resource for girls.

The committee plays an integral role in reviewing, corresponding and supporting girls throughout the proposal and final report process. It is comprised of 12 dedicated volunteers who give their time willingly to help girls be successful, accomplish their goals, and carry out the mission of Girl Scouting.

Listen to what two committee members have to say about their experience:

“I enjoy serving on the Gold Award Committee because it gives me the opportunity to see all the wonderful things our young ladies are doing to serve their fellow man. We hear so many negative things about teenagers and the committee gives me the opportunity to see the positive ways these young ladies are impacting their community. Because of their perseverance they are able to accomplish their goals and bring about positive change.” – Emily Hayne

“As a member of our Council’s Gold Award Committee, I have been very privileged to see how the Girl Scout Gold Award has made a positive impact on the lives of many of our Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors. Just as our mission statement says the Gold Award process builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place on a daily and ongoing basis.” – Lori Winkelstein

So, how does the committee support a #GoGold Girl?

  • Each girl is assigned a committee member as her liaison to help guide her through the process and to be a resource as questions arise.
  • Requested edits and changes throughout the development of a proposal and a final report are normal and serve to strengthen a submission.
  • A proposal and final report are reviewed to provide constructive input and allow for the greatest success.
  • Feedback by a committee liaison is provided to propel a girl toward success.

Interested in learning more? Visit the Council’s website for upcoming award workshops. For questions or more information visit the Girl Scout Gold Award page or send an email to Girlawards@nccoastalpines.org.

Did you know 2016 is the 100th birthday of the Girl Scout Gold Award? We’ll be celebrating all year.

 

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