Miranda of Sarasota Goes Gold

Gold Award Project: Shadybrook Village Game Room

 See the Video Interview here: http://youtu.be/YXuHvn-Lwbc

DSC01903Miranda created Shadybrook Village Game Room in order to provide a safe place with healthy activities for youth and families in her community.  She noticed an increase of troubled situations and there was a lack of positive, family entertainment in her neighborhood.  She designed and coordinated a game room in her community, which offers a safe place for teens and youth to have fun, also focusing on family game nights bringing families and the community together.

Miranda said, “This project has given me confidence and has greatly impacted my community. There is now a safe and entertaining place people can enjoy in my neighborhood which instills community and family bonding.”

“We celebrate the Gold Award recipients for implementing community action projects that will serve those in need for years to come. These young women exemplify the Girl Scout motto of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place,” said Sue Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements. Congratulations Miranda!

Learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award: http://www.gsgcf.org/girls/gold-award

Sydney of Sarasota Goes Gold!

Gold Award Project: Environmentalist in Training 

 See the Video Interview here: http://youtu.be/cAkkzEbjRaE

Sydney is a Senior at Pine View School in Sarasota. She is involved in student government as treasurer of her class, and she is attending Florida State University in the Fall.

Inspired by attending an environmental science class, she created curriculum based on air and water pollution to encourage a younger generation to make a difference.  Week by week, she developed and taught lessons and engaged their attention with crafts to illustrate to students how to reduce pollution and the importance of taking care of the earth. Her goal is to address the diminishing state of the environment, encouraging students to make better decisions and for them to campaign for others to do so.

IMG_8344Sydney states, “I was inspired by this project to continue advocating for community and global issues. I learned how important it is to take action and now I have the motivation to continue doing that throughout my adult life.”

“Nationwide only 5.4% of qualifying Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. As Sydney enters those ranks, she has distinguished herself by standing up for what she believes and taking action to make her community better”, states Sue Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.  Congratulations Sydney!

Learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award: http://www.gsgcf.org/girls/gold-award

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Grace of Englewood Goes Gold

Gold Award Project: SPARCC Change~ Eliminating Violence through Advocacy and Martial Arts

See the Video Interview here: http://youtu.be/7m6Am1oYp4M

DSC01910Grace is a Junior at Pineview and has been in Girl Scouts for 8 years, she is also involved with Interact Club, Model UN, Tae Kwon Do, and is the President of Kickin’ It Club at her school. Grace’s project was centered on abuse and encompassed advocacy, self-defense training, and support for survivors. She started a self-defense martial arts program at her school called Kickn’. She hosted an item drive for SPARCC, an abuse and rape awareness and prevention organization, raising $2,500 dollars’ worth of items for the shelter. She also hosted Respect Week at her school which included creative messages with chalk, self-defense, and presentations to 2,000 students.

Grace is very passionate about this topic. She said, “I see myself continuing to fight for change, despite obstacles, despite setbacks, despite trials and tribulations. I have become more of a go-getter because of this project, and I am ready to start more movements, make more waves, and help more people in whatever way I can.”

“Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Grace’s “Take Action” project will make a measurable and sustainable difference in our community.  Her positive attitude, teamwork, and commitment to service defines her as an inspiring leader and role model,” states Sue Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements. Congratulations Grace!

Learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award: http://www.gsgcf.org/girls/gold-award

Rebecca of Sarasota Goes Gold

Gold Award Project: Self-Esteem~ An Outdoor Adventure

 See the Video Interview here: http://youtu.be/Ka6oMm3sTn0

[4539]headshotRebecca is a Senior at Sarasota High School and has been in Girl Scouts since she was a Daisy. She just won first place in environmental science at the state science fair.

As a Girl Scout, Rebecca has a great perspective of the opportunities afforded through camp environmental activities and the positive self-worth developed. Her project aims to provide mentorship and insight to girls in underserved lower socio-economic communities.  Rebecca created an outdoor adventure program for middle school girls participating in Girl Scouting through community supported troops.  Encompassing activities most girls participating have not had an opportunity to experience such as kayaking, rock climbing, orienteering, and camping, these young women are developing courage, confidence and character. Traits that will improve their self-esteem and their participation in positive actions in the community. Rebecca states, “by showing girls to do what they never thought capable, they gained belief in their ability to succeed which can be translated to all aspects of their lives.”

“Girl Scout Gold Award recipients are our future workforce, elected officials, and heads of civic and educational organizations. They are inspiring new generations of girls and families”, shares Sue Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements. Congratulations Rebecca!

Learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award: http://www.gsgcf.org/girls/gold-award

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Marissa of Fort Myers Goes Gold

Gold Award Project: Sewing Hope for Haiti

See the Video Interview here: http://youtu.be/N8Cmv93Zn8k

DSC_0251Marissa is a Junior at Fort Myers High School and enrolled in International Baccalaureate, a pre-university program. She is also in the Science National Honor Society, the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Key Club and the Vice President of CNYK.

Marissa’s project was sewing pillow case dresses for girls in Haiti. She found that many of the kids in Haiti don’t have many clothes, sometimes they don’t have anything. She wanted to create something fun that the girls would love. She started with a pillow case drive, she then taught her group how to make the dresses. All together, they made 200 dresses and sent them to Haiti with a card.

“I believe that this project really allowed me to crawl out of a shell and really use my leadership skills to create such a successful project. It was a lot of work, but it was totally worth it. The little girls in Haiti are going to just love their new dresses.”

“We celebrate the Gold Award recipients for implementing community action projects that will serve those in need for years to come. These young women exemplify the Girl Scout motto of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place,” said Sue Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. Sample dress 3

The Girl Scout Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements. Congratulations Marissa!

Check out Marissa in The News Press.

Learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award: http://www.gsgcf.org/girls/gold-award

Sydney of Venice Goes Gold

Gold Award Project: Books and Bears for Literacy 

See the Video Interview here: http://youtu.be/47Aj-PTZcJ8

Sydney Ring (1)Sydney is a Junior at Suncoast Polytechnical High School. She has been in Girl Scouts since she was five years old. Her project focuses on encouraging preschool aged children to love books at an early age in order to improve literacy. Her original goal was to collect 500 books for children but then she included 500 bears so each child could have a “reading buddy.” In the end she collected 1,000 new bears and 1,400 new books to distribute to area preschool children.

Sydney said, “Literacy is a world need, but the awareness begins in each of our own communities.  Getting businesses, family members, and each of us personally committed to making literacy a goal for young children will allow us to ensure that we all do our part to promote the love for reading and future success of each child.”

IMG_4949 (2)“Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Sydney’s “Take Action” project will make a measurable and sustainable difference in our community.  Her positive attitude, teamwork, and commitment to service defines Sydney as an inspiring leader and role model,” states Sue Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.Congratulations Sydney!

Learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award: http://www.gsgcf.org/girls/gold-award

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Regine of Immokalee Goes Gold

Gold Award Project: Hygiene for Haiti

 See the Video Interview here: https://youtu.be/1xuVFJ9HdoQ

DSC_0254Regine, is a Senior at Immokalee High School who is dual enrolled at Florida Gulf Coast University. She has been in Girl Scouts for six years, is a part of the Beta Club, she runs cross country and track, she tutors elementary aged students after school at the Guadalupe Center.

Regine found that in her home county of Haiti, severe sanitation conditions are causing illness and death to adults and the youth. She worked with nonprofit Hope for Haiti, and other youth organizations to put together 150 hygiene kits to send to Haiti. As a community advocate, Regine states, “As the project leader, I realized my growth when other people were looking up to me to find inspiration in my actions. I know in my core that nothing is impossible. It is possible for an 18 year old girl to convince others to work together to make a positive impact and to change the world.”

YWOD 2015 085“Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Regine’s “Take Action” project will make a measurable and sustainable difference in our community.  Her positive attitude, teamwork, and commitment to service defines Regine as an inspiring leader and role model,” states Sue Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements. Congratulations Regine!

Regine was recently featured in People Magazine, Naples Daily News, and The News Press

Learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award: http://www.gsgcf.org/girls/gold-award