Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Emily Gordon of Elma, NY, as a 2021 Gold Award Girl Scout. Emily is a Juliette Girl Scout (independent of a troop) and has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years.
What Emily said about Girl Scouts
Since I was young and started Girl Scouts, it helped me make some of my best friends that I still have to this day. Going on all of the trips and doing all of the activities we did helped me gain better life skills and even now, by completing my Gold Award project, I realized that I have a love for helping others and working with people with Alzheimer’s because it genuinely makes me happier as a person.
Project: Advocating for Alzheimer’s
For my Gold Award Project, I volunteered for and helped the Baker Memorial Respite Program in East Aurora. Throughout my project I donated new games and activities to the program, volunteered whenever I had time and created a webpage for their program on the Baker Memorial Church website. Now there are more activities and games for the people in the program to enjoy and people can get more information about the program before signing their loved ones up.
The lasting effect is that the guests will be able to use and enjoy all of the games and activities that I donated. Another effect would be that the webpage gives a lot more information about the program, so it helps people with choosing and feeling comfortable with this program. It will be sustained beyond my involvement because the webpage will stay active and will be updated by the receptionist that takes care of the Baker Church website.
I chose this project because my grandfather died from Alzheimer’s that progressed to dementia and my papa has Alzheimer’s, so this topic was very close to my heart.
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.