Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Jenna Harvey of Sanborn, NY, as a 2021 Gold Award Girl Scout. Jenna is from Troop 70258 and has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years.
What Jenna said about Girl Scouts
Girl Scouting has shown me the importance of community and how important it is to help those around you. No matter how big or small the issue, you can take the chance and make a difference and a lasting impression on those around you.
Project: Loving Hands Reaching Out
My Gold Award Project was to help out Summit Life Outreach Center in Niagara Falls, NY. Summit Life is a community outreach center which helps provide support to parents in need who are planning to, or currently raising young children by offering educational classes, earning baby supplies while they learn, or general support. In the past, my troop worked with the outreach center which was amazing. I just knew it was a great place to help.
I planned and did a community drive which had much positive feedback and provided many supplies for the center. My big project was creating care package boxes out of reusable shoe boxes to give out at the center, including items such as baby bottles, wipes, bibs, teething toys, etc. with each box divided up by month and colors (pink, blue, and neutral). I also went around to local businesses who wanted to help. They donated many large bags full of baby clothes to Summit Life. Everyone at the center during every drop off was impressed and amazed, and I know this will definitely be a place I’d help and volunteer at in the future just because of the positive energy and goals they strive to achieve by helping out their community.
About the Gold Award
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.
For more information on the Gold Award, click here.