Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable change in their communities and around the world. The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, 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. They are our future, and it looks bright!
These three local Girl Scouts earned their Gold Award at a reception recently:
Sydni from Madison – Troop 7560 “End Trafficking, True Freedom” Sydni’s project brings awareness to the issues of human trafficking through the development of a public awareness campaign. Her project also offers assistance to the victims by providing resources through a donation drive. Sydni created bumper stickers, bracelets, and information sheets for the community. She organized a school assembly to educate her peers about the dangers of human trafficking. Project partners include the MS Center for Violence Protection, MDOT, and St. Francis of Assisi, St. Joseph Catholic School, and M7 Coffeehouse.
Cathryn from Brandon – Troop 5135 “What’s A Girl to Do” Cathryn’s project is designed to encourage girls to pursue their dreams in any field. She combined her love of art with the history of Mississippi women who have made an impact on the state. Working in partnership with the Natural Science Museum, Cathryn celebrated the accomplishments of conservation pioneer, Fannye Cook. She painted Fanny’s portrait to be unveiled in the amphitheater at Nature Fest, the museum’s annual event. The portrait Cathryn painted is a reminder of the potential of women and an inspiration for young girls to visualize their own potential.
Laura Catherine from Madison – Troop 7560 “Senior Buddies” Laura’s project focuses on the lack of much-need resources at her high school’s sister school. She developed a partnership between her school’s senior class to “adopt” the students of the sister school year-round. Laura gathered books and other materials and set up a mentor support system. Her project created awareness in the community and fostered a commitment to continue the relationship between the two schools for years to come.