Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Aniyiah Harris of Buffalo, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Harris’ project, Let’s Get School Supplies!, involved distributing school supplies to children in need in her community.
Harris explained, “I chose my Gold Award project because there are many children who don’t have access to school supplies. The root cause of the problem is that many houses are low-income in my community. I collected various items and put together packages with a book bag for everyone in various grade levels. I made 89 book bags. I wanted to do this project because there have been multiple times where my friends have not had anything that they needed to be their best in school.
Harris’ project took place at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Buffalo. She commented that children left with their book bags and humongous smiles on their faces. She was grateful that her church assisted in helping her obtain enough donations to provide for so many children.
By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Harris 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.