Gold Award Girl Scouts 2023

Lottie Tomasello earns 2023 Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Lottie Tomasello of Buffalo, NY, as a 2023 Gold Award Girl Scout. Lottie is a member of Troop 31493-D.

Project: Educational Signage at ASHA’s Animal Sanctuary

For my Gold Award project, I digitally designed, physically built and installed 5 educational displays signs outside of the rescued animals’ barns at ASHA’s Animal Sanctuary in Newfane, NY. Along with a parking sign that I painted that depicts happy farm animals driving a red pick-up truck. The educational display signs allow for visitors to learn more about the animals they will meet and some cute, true stories from the farm. Working with ASHA was wonderful because like me, they believe that ALL animals deserve to be loved and live happy lives. Lastly, I documented my Gold Award journey on a Google website that I built called ‘Asha Project.’

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.

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