Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Alexa Sass of Hamburg, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Sass’ project was titled Pollinator Garden, and was built at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo.
Sass wanted to encourage growth of pollinator insect populations and increase their food supply by establishing a large supply of perennials that will grow back every year in protected garden beds at the nature preserve. She discovered that deer and other wildlife were often eating the plants that insects needed the most and wanted to construct garden beds that could help protect their food source with a positive impact on the ecosystem.
Sass also created posters to explain the importance of pollinating insects and encourage the public to establish their own garden spaces to provide the insects with food sources throughout the community, which will benefit ecological life throughout the whole area. She chose this Gold Award project in an effort to fight the overall global loss of pollinators such as bees. She found that through completing her Gold Award project she was able to develop more patience, stronger communications skills, and leadership skills.
By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Sass 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.