Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Cynthia Thome of Amherst, NY, as a 2021 Gold Award Girl Scout. Cynthia is from Troop 30756 and has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years.
What Cynthia said about Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts helped me realize how important it is to help others and the community around you.
Project: Caring More to Give to the Poor
My project involved me and my team working together to help people in need with their necessities and what they need to live. I worked with Hearts for the Homeless and Lockport CARES, which are two homeless shelters that provide basic necessities and living areas for those in poverty.
I chose this project because I am a compassionate individual who wants to help others. The people in need benefitted from the donations collected, toiletries and food supplied to them, and the housing made available to them. Throughout this project, I participated in many events to raise money and products, volunteered in preparing food and toiletry products, and participated in cleaning and organizing areas inside both organizations.
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.