Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Mora Sullivan of Cheektowaga, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Sullivan’s project was titled “Books For All.”
Sullivan explained, “For my Gold Award, I decided to focus on eradicating illiteracy from my school district and the surrounding Buffalo area. I chose this project because reading is one of my favorite hobbies and I wanted to share this love with others around me. To promote literacy in my community I established a book club at my school where I taught participants the importance of reading while also discussing our favorite novels. Additionally, I made a donation of children’s books to the Child & Family Services of Buffalo so that less-fortunate children would also have the opportunity to enjoy reading. My project was successful in teaching others the importance of reading and positively impacted my community as numerous people began to share their newfound appreciation of books.”
Sullivan added, “Girl Scouting has taught me the importance of serving my community while being patient and respectful. Girl Scouts taught me to follow my own path and to work hard for what I want.”
Sullivan 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.