Dakota Ridge High School
What did you do for your Gold Award project?
For my Gold Award project I chose to educate people about homelessness: what causes someone to be homeless and who the homeless are. I mostly focused on the population of panhandlers because I feel like they don’t get as much attention as the people who are getting help from shelters and food banks. I did a lot of research, and for my project I created a video, borrowed a video, and created a final result video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFF36kmdsQQ ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtJWkMrtlvo ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwnyqrbeSYs
Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?
In the last few years I have been surrounded by people and places attempting to help the homeless.
How did your Gold Award project make a difference?
My Gold Award introduced the program “Food Not Cash,” which is a way of helping panhandlers without giving them money.
What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?
Through earning my Gold Award I have become a better public speaker, I have become better at researching, and I have become a better leader.
What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?
My project got amazing responses, and inspired many people; I believe this is what I will remember about my Gold Award project.
How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?
Because I have earned my Gold Award I hope that I will continue to learn about the issue of homelessness, continue to become a better public speaker, and to be completely honest, I hope that schools will see that because I have earned this award that I am a strong leader, and have a desire to learn.
Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?
I believe that the Gold Award is a way for a girl to “discover herself:” learn her limits, and learn where she can push herself. I think that knowing those things is invaluable in the “real world.”