Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Jillian Wojtkowski of Williamsville, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Wojtkowski’s project was titled “The Eyes Have It All.”
Wojtkowski explained, “My Gold Award project was an eye awareness campaign for children. I put on three different programs for Amherst-area children ages 5-12. The program educated children regarding the importance of eyes, the different parts of the eye, some common illnesses, and eye safety. I talked to children about their eyes and played educational games. Years ago, I needed glasses to help me see things at a distance. I found everything from the exam to getting my glasses interesting. Another aspect of my project was to collect used, unbroken glasses, glasses cases, and sunglasses. The glasses were to be donated to both the Amherst Lions Club, and St. Christopher’s Seeds of Love. The glasses are to be mailed to another country whose residents do not have access to eyeglasses. I also held a collection within Sweet Home, my school district. I worked with the Sweet Home High Schools Nurse, the Audubon Library Children’s Librarian, State Senator Ranzenhofer’s Office, a Troop 30278 Leader, and the Amherst Lions Club.”
Wojtkowski added, “Girl Scouts has taught me many skills such as leadership, communication, organization, along with developing lifelong friendships. With all of the awards I earned, they made me grow as a person, teaching me to be in control and have confidence in completing each one. My 12 years of scouting certainly made me step out of my comfort zone by having me participate in various activities that I wouldn’t have experienced otherwise.”
Wojtkowski will receive her Gold Award at the Gold Award Ceremony on June 1, 2019. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.
The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and to enter the military a full rank higher than her peers.
The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.
The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.
To learn more, visit gswny.org.