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

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