Westminster High School
Children Can Be Children
What did you do for your Gold Award project?
I designed and instituted a program in the local homeless shelter system to stimulate brain activity when not at school.
Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?
I grew up volunteering at Homeless Shelters, and the kids there always seem so alone. I wanted to make something that would help them connect with the world and make a change in their lives as well.
How did your Gold Award project make a difference?
Encouraging active thinking outside of school improves literacy rates and learning in general. Hopefully these children will engage their brains more and more outside of school in fun ways, making it easy to learn and create.
What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?
I learned about communication and organizing schedules. It is not nearly as simple as it sounds.
What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?
One evening, one of the children taught me a card game. He was absolutely delighted when he won. Little moments like that make all the difference, which is why I will remember them.
How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?
It taught me practical skills, some of which I severely lacked, like being able to talk on the telephone, and contacting people I’d never met. These are valuable skills no matter what you do in life.
Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?
Girl Scouts encourages female leadership, but it is hard to fully embrace this without being a leader in the greatest capacity in something you are impassioned about. It was the paramount of my experience, and I’m very glad to have completed it.