Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Amanda Roth of Silver Creek, NY, as a 2021 Gold Award Girl Scout. Amanda is from Troop 20163 and has been a member of Girl Scouts for 10 years.
What Amanda said about Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts has given me the confidence and tools I need to succeed in life. I have made great memories and friendships throughout my ten years as a Girl Scout. I had so many opportunities from camping with friends, volunteering, and seeing my first show on Broadway! Most recently, my Gold Award helped me finalize what major I want to pursue in college, which is being a biology major and eventually going into pediatrics. I am so grateful for all my experiences as a Girl Scout!
Project: Roaring 20s Fundraiser for Premature Babies at Mercy Hospital
My Gold Award project featured a fundraiser for premature babies by buying positioning aids for use at Mercy Hospital. The fundraiser was hosted at Cabana Sam’s. Although this event took place during the pandemic, we were able to follow proper precautions and COVID-19 guidelines to ensure safety.
I want to go into a medical career field, specifically in pediatrics. I also was a preemie baby at Mercy Hospital and wanted to have the opportunity to give back. The purpose of my Gold Award was to help raise money for underinsured families in our area and defer care costs. I also wanted to raise awareness for premature births and healthcare in our area.
I planned, coordinated, and advertised the event. I collaborated with multiple local businesses, friends, and family for donations and raffle baskets. Even with COVID requirements, the event was able to include food, decorations, a photo booth, and a DJ. Thanks to the event, I was able to raise $2,381.
The leadership skills I used were my presentation skills and project management. I even had to coordinate the entire event with a budget making everything 100% non-profit through donations.
A special thank you goes out to my parents Alberta and Bob Roth, brother Bobby Roth, my aunt Mary Monter, my grandma Ruth Monter, the Waag family, Shannon Karcz, Kelly and Senator George Borrello who donated their time and venue, Jermaine James from Special Events Photobooths, Silver Creek Backline DJ Matt Bogosian and family, my Girl Scout Service Unit, Silver Creek Key Club, Silver Creek National Honors Society, and the Silver Creek Kiwanis.
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.