Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently hosted its annual Gold Award ceremony at The Madison Theatre at Molloy College. During the event, 91 local Girl Scouts earned their Gold Awards, including Anne Baranello, Anna Giustino, Brooke Gonzalez, Pranjal Jain and Sierra Maier of the Herricks Service Unit. The Gold Award program recognizes the power and dedication shared by an elite group of young women who earn the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve.
“We are incredibly proud to celebrate this distinguished group of young women who have spent countless hours dedicated to their Gold Award projects,” said Rande Bynum, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “These young women have demonstrated they are ready to be leaders of tomorrow! Throughout this process, they’ve exemplified confidence and concern for making a positive impact in their communities.”
Girls in grades 9-12 begin their Gold Award journey by identifying a civic or social issue they care about. Next, a Girl Scout builds a team to support her project with the mission to create a positive impact in her community by addressing an issue she feels passionate about. Through the process, Gold Award Girl Scouts build invaluable problem-solving, organizational, and leadership skills, while educating and inspiring others.
The Gold Award Girl Scouts each tackled a project that held a deep significance to them. Their projects are described below.
Lifelong values come with having earned a Gold Award. According to the Girl Scout Research Institute, girls who have earned their Gold Award display more positive life outcomes pertaining to the sense of self, satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement.