My Gold Award
A Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. It is a very prestigious award that takes several hours of work (approx. eighty) as well as build courage, confidence, and character in each girl who completes their project.
I chose to make a volunteer directory for my Gold Award. While doing my Girl Scout Silver award(one of the prerequisites of a Gold Award as well as the highest honor earned as a Cadette scout) I worked closely with a senior center in my area that had lost funding for its craft classes. A few of my troop members and I began to host craft classes for the senior citizens once a month. This sparked an idea when it came time to plan my Gold Award. At first, I wanted to pair senior centers who needed volunteers with volunteers who needed somewhere to volunteer. As I began to research centers, I soon realized that Senior Centers were not the only locations that needed the extra help. I expanded my research by asking college professors if I could present to their students about helping me find other areas to volunteer. As they sent me the names and basic information of each place, I began to call each location in order to compile this website as well as a paper version to give to local high school clubs such as National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, and Key Club. This project will continue to grow with many volunteer opportunities as well as stay accessible to those in the selected clubs and also anyone with internet access.