24 Incredible Girl Scouts earned the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, the Gold Award. This Gold Award Spotlight highlights 6 Gold Award projects. Check back next Friday for 6 more amazing projects.
Gresham Youth Summit
Katee organized a Youth Summit focused around mental health and sexual harassment in schools. Katee and her team brought in students from all nine local Gresham high schools. She also invited local decision makers and lawmakers to attend and participate. These student advocates are hoping to break the stigma surrounding mental health and sexual harassment in schools.
Being Prepared for Portland Snow
Jasmin tackled the issue of winter safety and driving in snow. Jasmin and her team worked with the local sheriff's office and interviewed experienced snow drivers to put together important safety tips. She created a website and distributed fliers around nearby neighborhoods to better inform the community about driving in winter weather.
STEM for All
Shefali created “maker kits” and project instructions for introducing STEM to fifth graders who might not otherwise have access. She recruited a team to help maintain the kits, mentor the students and teach concepts such as programming. She also created a website and uploaded the lesson plans and supply lists so that others can replicate the program.
Shefali was the recipient of the Spring 2019 Emerald Circle Scholarship.
Feminine hygiene products are not only one of the most requested items at shelters and food pantries, but also the least donated. By founding “Project Red,” Whitney collected period products for local low-income women and raised awareness of the struggle many women face when it comes to affording the items they need. To make her project sustainable, Whitney left donation bins at food pantries so that the pantries would continue to receive donations after her project was over.
SOS: Save Our Sharks
Mae founded an environmental education group and a club at her school called Save Our Sharks (SOS). She educated people about the importance of sharks in our food chain. In addition to founding SOS, she organized a beach cleanup, taught elementary school students about environmental activism and even wrote a children’s book about this much-maligned species.
Dirksen Nature Park Ivy Pull
After noticing that many teenagers lacked interest in nature, Rachel worked with a science teacher at Fowler Middle School in Tigard, Oregon to organize an ivy pull at Dirksen Nature Park. She created a curriculum guidebook with information on why English ivy is a problem, how to host a success ivy pull, and a list of other nearby nature parks. A teacher plans to use Rachel’s guidebook to educate future students.
Join us in celebrating girls who have earned the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, the Gold Award on June 15, 2019 1-4 p.m at the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem, OR. Please RSVP by June 1, 2019.