Elisabeth McAllister: 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Elisabeth McAllister of Buffalo, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. McAllister’s project was titled “Fleece for Friends.”

McAllister explained, “I helped provide handmade warm gear to guests of the South Buffalo Community Table, a soup kitchen located in South Buffalo. Guests could choose from fleece hats, scarves, and ear warmers to help keep them warm throughout the winter. I informed family, friends, and other Girl Scouts about the issues people without adequate protection from the cold faced and taught them how to make the items. About 120 items were donated to 60-70 people. I chose this project because winters get extremely cold here in Buffalo. I had heard through the news how it was endangering the health of the homeless and underprivileged in my community and wanted to help combat this issue. By providing warm gear I hoped to protect people from the cold and its effects.

McAllister added, “Being a Girl Scout has helped me meet new friends and explore activities that interest me. It has allowed me to follow my curiosity and learn about nature, culture, and crafts. It has helped me develop my leadership, such as communication and organization, in order to help those in need in my community. It has pushed me to go out of my comfort zone and use my strengths to make the world a better place.”

McAllister 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.

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