Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Brianna Grine of Buffalo, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Grine’s project was titled “Mission Unite.”
Grine explained, “My goal was to unite the members of my church community (Zion United Church of Christ in Tonawanda). To accomplish this I created a photo directory of all the members. My project allows all of the longtime members to recognize and know the new members by name, as well as help the new members to get to know everyone else. The directory is a little booklet with members’ pictures in the front and then all of their contact info towards the back. It also includes all of the church’s contact info. Members have already said that is has been super helpful to them.”
Grine added, “Through Girl Scouts, I’ve made some AMAZING lifelong friends and learned so many useful life skills. Throughout the years I’ve had a lot of fun and everyone in my troop has been super supportive of everything I do. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities Girl Scouts has given me.”
Grine will receive her Gold Award at the Gold Award Ceremony on June 1, 2019. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.
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 to enter the military a full rank higher than her peers.
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.
To learn more, visit gswny.org.