Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Sophia Braithwaite of Webster, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Braithwaite’s project, Titan Ambassador Program, involves providing students who transfer into Webster Thomas High School with much needed support. Through collaboration with Webster Thomas PTSA, Think Tank Promotional, her advisors for Link Crew, and her school principal, Sophia Braithwaite organized a summer orientation and two luncheons to help transfer students to feel included at school.
Braithwaite was inspired to take on this project because she was a transfer student in second grade, and said her Girl Scout troop helped her to adjust to her new school. To pass on the support she received, Braithwaite explained, “For this project, I received funding from the Webster Thomas PTSA to create SWAG bags for all incoming transfer students. These SWAG bags include a school t-Shirt, lanyard, pencil, and candy. I recruited fourteen people to be Titan Ambassadors and take transfer students from class to class for a full four-day cycle. I would like to thank Mr. Glenn Widor, Mrs. Erin Leahy, and Mrs. Karen Murray for supporting my Gold Award project. I hope this project will be adopted throughout my school district.”
Braithwaite stated, “Girl Scouting has made a huge influence on my life. I moved from the City of Rochester to Webster as a second-grader and I was able to make friends by joining my Girl Scout Troop. Girl Scouting was how I was able to become a part of my community and make friendships that will last for the rest of my life.”
By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Braithwaite will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. 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 she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.
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.