Open to girls in high school only, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls (and the most difficult to earn), and it’s available exclusively to Girl Scouts.
When you earn the Gold Award, you can tackle the issues most important to you. Gold Award Girl Scouts are inspiring leaders who are working on a broad range of the most challenging problems facing our world today—from human trafficking to ocean pollution to education access to expanded STEM training for girls in underserved communities.
Learn more about GSHNJ Gold Award Girl Scout Lucy, how she tackled her Gold Award project, and what advice she has for girls looking to earn their Gold Award.
How did your project make the world a better place?
For my project I created a short film, “Beyond Fistula – Survivors’ Stories,” to raise awareness for obstetric fistula survivors throughout Asia and sub-saharan Africa. The organization that I worked with, Beyond Fistula, benefited from increased website traffic and engagement on various social media platforms. Beyond Fistula also received increased support from people who first heard about the organization through my awareness raising efforts. In addition to Beyond Fistula, the women in the program whose stories I shared benefited by having their voices heard for the first time. Fistula survivors as a community benefited from having people in first world nations hear about their struggles on a much larger scale.
What did you learn about yourself by working on this project?
I learned that when one door closes, you have to create another one for yourself. Sometimes you have to create your own opportunities, but they have the potential to be even better than the original idea. Things didn’t always go according to how I planned them, but I found new ways to achieve the same goal.
What advice would you give to other Girl Scouts thinking about going for the Gold?
Find something that you’re passionate about, something that really speaks to you on a personal level. Once you have that spark, there are no limits to what you can dream of achieving. Even if it’s difficult to find something at first, explore your community because there will always be something that could use a Girl Scout’s help.
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