Bradenton Girl Scout Teaches Youth to Protect Marine Environment

HeadshotManatee County resident and Braden River High School student Grace Townsend earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Changing Tides.

Worried that children were not learning enough about the global marine environment, Townsend took matters into her own hands. She ran a class for both children and their parents to learn about what they can do to make sure the next generation has a cleaner earth with healthier marine wildlife. Townsend also wrote a children’s book titled A Change in Tides, which describes the ocean’s food web, types of underwater creatures, and how humans can make a positive difference.

“My leadership skills have grown vastly as a result of this project, because it has inspired me to develop myself more through others,” reflected Townsend. “Every good leader needs a circle of support, and I understand that now.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Congratulations, Grace!

 

Fort Myers Girl Scout Increases Voter Awareness

Susko, Sierra.pngLee County resident and homeschool graduate Sierra Susko earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, History Debunked.

Recognizing that students and eligible voters are often unaware of their rights and responsibilities as US citizens, Susko developed a comprehensive training course covering basic US history and government. To make her resources available to everyone, Susko produced a YouTube tutorial that highlights the topics she addressed in class. She also spoke to county commissioners, local news stations, and the school board to encourage the promotion of her video.

Susko said, “I’ve determined that if I have a goal in mind, despite roadblocks and challenges, I can persevere and accomplish anything that comes my way.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Congratulations, Sierra!

Sarasota Girl Scout Helps Close Gender Gap in Sports

Stepanek, Isabella.pngSarasota County resident and Pine View School graduate Isabella Stepanek earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Izzy’s Swinging Skirts.

Stepanek has spent her entire life playing sports and over the years observed one major consistency – there are always more boys involved than girls. Stepanek partnered with Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County to provide an ongoing golf clinic for girls. She believes every girl deserves the opportunity to be exposed to sports, regardless of her socioeconomic status. Isabella recognizes that golf, like all sports, teaches integrity, patience, and hard work.

“This project has allowed me to advocate for myself and others, empowered me to make a difference in the world, and most importantly, I got to educate and inspire others to act,” Stepanek concluded.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Congratulations, Isabella!

 

 

 

Cape Coral Girl Scout Aims to Clean up Our Oceans

Headshot.jpgLee County resident and North Fort Myers High School graduate Victoria Rubarski earned Girl Scouting highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Planet Oceane.

Motivated to clean up Fort Myers Beach, Rubarski gathered a team, rolled up her sleeves, and took action. Rubarski is establishing a nonprofit called Planet Oceane, which would initiate a ban on plastic bags at the beach, call for an increase in trash and recycling receptacles, and sponsor an ongoing beach patrol. She hopes that by altering beach-goers’ behaviors, one day pollution on our shores will no longer be an issue.

“I learned that it doesn’t take hundreds of people to make a difference, and to inspire change. It can start with one person,” Rubarski realized. “Now, I believe in myself. I can step back and see the change I have made.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Congratulations, Victoria!

 

Parrish Girl Scout Provides Comfort for Those with Sensory Disorders

HeadshotManatee County resident and Palmetto High School graduate Julie Pyle earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Weight of the World.

For her Gold Award project, Pyle set out to educate the public about sensory disorders and provide resources for those living with conditions like Dysautonomia. Weighted lap pads are often used to soothe children and even adults with sensory disorders, but can be expensive. Pyle sewed more than 100 weighted lap pads to donate to children in need, so they can be more focused on learning while at school.

Pyle learned, “In the future, I will be able to recognize issues in my community, so I can devise a plan and build a team to alleviate or fix the problem.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Congratulations, Julie!

 

Port Charlotte Girl Scout Extends Friendly Hand to Cuba

Headshot.jpgSarasota County resident and Lemon Bay High School graduate Reagan Moody earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Building Bridges to Cuba.

Fascinated with the proximity of Cuba to the United States, yet lack of relationship between the two, Moody decided to build a metaphorical bridge to improve the lives of Cuban children. She spent three years collecting and sending homemade gifts and handwritten letters to children living in poverty, so they could feel loved and connected to others beyond their own community. One day she hopes to visit her new friends in person so she can see first-hand the impact of her project.

“Because of this project, I now know how it feels to have a connection with people outside of my own country, and how important it is to communicate with others,” said Moody.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Congratulations, Reagan!

 

Venice Girl Scout Educates Community on Mental Illnesses

Headshot.jpgSarasota County resident and Venice High School graduate Emily Mioduszewski earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, #urnotalone.

After learning that 25% of teenagers suffer from anxiety, Mioduszewski was inspired to address mental illnesses and remove the taboo around them in today’s society. She recorded and uploaded a series of interviews with psychologist Dr. Chris Cortman discussing a variety of mental disorders. Mioduszewski feels that if people are more educated about mental health, children and adults alike will feel more comfortable speaking out and can receive the help they need.

Mioduszewski discovered, “As a result of this project, I learned that no project is too big for me. I know if I put my mind towards something, then I can get it done properly.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Congratulations, Emily!