Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Tiffany Judge of Akron, NY, as a 2022 Gold Award Girl Scout. Tiffany is a member of Troop 30828.
What Tiffany said about Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts taught me many valuable life lessons from teamwork and leadership to sisterhood (and many more in between), Girl Scouts has helped me feel empowered as a female in our society and has helped shape the person I am today.
Project: Music Readiness Across Schools
My Gold Award project took place in the Lancaster School District. Several years ago, the Lancaster School District merged buildings. During this time, the music department became disheveled. Music was placed in boxes and cabinets and soon became disorganized. When needed, the music teachers did not have the time to re-sort and many valuable pieces remained unused and inaccessible. I went through and organized all of the music. Seeing the library come together was a highlight of my project. When I witnessed a music teacher reach into the cabinet, pull out an arrangement, and then play it at a concert, I knew my project was a success.
About the Girl Scout 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.