I’ve seen the future, and it is led by a G.I.R.L.

Written by: Tim Holliday, Guest Blogger

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From the corporate world, I’ve seen the “good-old-boy” network, but, as a dad with a daughter who has learned to be a Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader, I can say without a doubt that the future belongs to G.I.R.L.s because of what they learn in Girl Scouts.  From starting entrepreneurs on their famous Girl Scout Cookie Program, to experiencing everything outdoors by camping at Camp Honi Hanta and other places, Girl Scouts provides an amazing program that is a safe place for girls, led by girls.   My daughter has been involved since she was small, and I am so happy to see her in an environment where girls can be comfortable with each other, as that is not often found in school and in other organizations and activities, especially through middle school and high school.  During this time, I’ve watched my daughter grow, flourish, and do some amazing things that include: work with local media through the Media Marvels program; represent the Gulfcoast council at the national convention as a national delegate; and coordinate two projects to benefit the community, resulting in her earning the Girl Scout Silver Award, and ultimately, the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.  She has truly become a Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader, and there are many others in the Girl Scout program like her. Watch out world, here come the G.I.R.L.s!

Tim Holliday

Proud Girl Scout Dad

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Naples Girl Scout Establishes International Culture Sharing Club

HeadshotCollier County resident and Mason Classical Academy graduate Valentina Zuluaga earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, International Culture Sharing Club.

Planning to study international policy and relations in college, Zuluaga used her Gold Award as an opportunity to introduce students to local and global cultures and issues. She organized an International Culture Sharing Club at a local school, and hosted its inaugural event with representation of countries like Colombia, Haiti, United States, and Mexico.

“I feel empowered to make a difference in the world by encouraging others to look beyond their own lives and comforts toward improving the lives of the less fortunate,” Zuluaga remarked.

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, Valentina!

 

Naples Girl Scout Transforms Reading Room for Local Teachers

Weeks, Madison.pngCollier County resident and Naples High School graduate Madison Weeks earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, How Do I Find the Right Reading Resource?

Weeks’ Gold Award project transformed the disorganized and outdated reading resource room at Golden Terrace Elementary into a cataloged, user-friendly space.  She established a check-out system so teachers can find what they need quickly and conveniently. She knows the easier it is for teachers to access resources, the better experience they can provide for their students. Weeks even used personal funds to purchase the school a new set of books.

“The project itself is relatively small on a global scale, but for this one school and community around it, it can make such a big difference,” Weeks 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, Madison!

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!