Englewood Girl Scout Helps Foster Children Have a Better Night’s Sleep

HeadshotCharlotte County resident and Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School graduate Anne LeVasseur has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Good Night, All.

Compelled to provide foster children with a sense of ownership and comfort, LeVasseur partnered with local churches, clubs, and businesses to organize and collect hundreds of pajamas to help foster children have a good night’s sleep. LeVasseur also hosted a tour of speaking engagements where she encouraged volunteers to consider representing foster children’s best interests in court through the Guardian ad Litem Program.

“It is important to me to help those in need and to work to make my community a better place. I know my project has made a difference in the lives of children,” explained LeVasseur.

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, Anne!

 

Bradenton Girl Scout Spreads Self-Love

HeadshotManatee County resident and Manatee High School graduate Olivia Lake has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Passion through Fashion.

Concerned with societal pressures from the fashion and beauty industries on young women and girls, Lake hosted an educational workshop with three influential female speakers. She also organized an online pledge encouraging people to proclaim their self-love. Through Lake’s passion for fashion, she has inspired future generations to feel comfortable in their own skin.

“Because of this project, I discovered a stronger sense of self.” Lake realized. “I learned even more about my desire to help the young women of my generation.”

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, Olivia!

 

Naples Girl Scout Opens Girls’ Eyes to STEM

HeadshotCollier County resident and Naples High School graduate Emily Hugan has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Sisters in STEM.

Passionate about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), but disappointed in the lack of female representation in the field, Hugan was determined to encourage and educate younger girls about STEM opportunities. She hosted a workshop with interactive engineering, chemistry, and filmography stations. To reinforce her event, Hugan created a podcast targeted to girls that highlights influential female figures in STEM throughout history.

“I now know that the purpose of being a leader is not for the betterment of yourself, but the betterment of others,” shared Hugan.

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!

 

 

Venice Girl Scout Aims High for Her Goals

HeadshotSarasota County resident and Venice High School graduate Bekah Horsley earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Goals for Grenada.

Horsley has been playing soccer since age four. As she matured, she realized that not all kids have the opportunity to play. Horsley took her passion for the sport to the poorest community in Grenada and hosted a soccer camp for the local children. She brought balls, shin guards, socks, goals, and even custom shirts for 50 children. In spite of cultural differences, Horsley was able to connect with the children through their shared love for the international sport.

Horsley realized, “Because of this project, I learned what true joy is. Joy and happiness do not come from material items. Joy comes from community, human connection, and simplicity.”

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, Bekah!

 

Sarasota Girl Scout Improves Lives of Four-Legged Friends

Headshot.jpgSarasota County resident and Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School student Faith Holliday earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Donte’s Den Agility Course.

Holliday, a canine enthusiast, understands how important it is for dogs to have daily exercise to be healthy. She teamed up with Donte’s Den, an organization that cares for dogs separated from their families, to construct an outdoor agility course. The course, built with donated supplies, includes a teeter-totter to cross, hurdles to jump, and poles to weave through. Holliday’s new furry friends are having a doggone good time!

“Because of this project, I discovered I can lead a group and make a work environment fun and positive,” Holliday said. “I was also able to improve my time management skills.”

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, Faith!

 

Sarasota Girl Scout Gives Pause for Paws

Headshot.jpgSarasota County resident and Sarasota High School graduate Devon Chiodo has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Paws Matter.

As a volunteer at Cat Depot, Chiodo learned the organization is strongly against declawing. This sparked her interest to investigate the pros and cons of cat declawing and create a documentary with interviews from local veterinarians and cat owners. Chiodo wants to educate the public on why cat declawing is often dangerous to the cat’s health, mobility, and overall happiness. Since cats cannot speak up for themselves, Chiodo hopes her voice will be loud enough to make a difference.

Chiodo noted, “My Gold Award project helped me gain more confidence with public speaking and communicating to others directly.”

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, Devon!

 

 

Cape Coral Girl Scout Inspires Healthy Eating

HeadshotLee County resident and Cape Coral High School graduate Katelyn Blair has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, The Relaxation Garden.

After discovering that budget cuts at the Cape Coral Group Homes would affect the members’ access to healthier foods, Blair sprang into action. With the help of her team, she planted a vegetable garden and installed benches to provide a safe, relaxing environment, while promoting healthy lifestyle choices. Members of the group home were involved in the project and look forward to tending the garden for years to come.

“Because of this project, I have become more confident,” Blair said. “I overcame my shyness in order to take the lead and make my project a success.”

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, Katelyn!