Sarasota 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.