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Congratulations to the Class of 2022 Gold Award Girl Scouts!   

 

This year, 111 Senior and Ambassador girls earned the most prestigious award for Girl Scouts -- the Gold Award. They're challenging work to make the world a better place through meaningful Gold Award projects is featured in the 2022 Gold Award Yearbook.  Younger Girl Scouts who earned Silver and Bronze awards are also included in the yearbook. 

Take a few minutes to read about all their accomplishments and see how they developed and carried out measurable and sustainable solutions to challenges in their communities. 

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Please see our current COVID-19 Guidelines for earning highest awards.

GOLD AWARD DEADLINE: Any Ambassador graduating high school in 2022 must have her Project Proposal submitted no later than July 1, 2022. Once approved, these projects must be implemented. Final Reports, including supplementary documentation, must be completed and submitted via GoGold by Sept. 30, 2022. While Sept. 30, is the absolute cutoff date for Final Reports, it is highly encouraged that girls submit them by Sept. 15, or as soon as possible, to meet the deadline. 

Gold Award Girl Scouts

Issues of the world, meet your match. 

Gold Award Girl Scouts are the dreamers and the doers who take the saying "make the world a better place” to the next level.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable - proof that not only can she make a difference, but also that she already has.

Seniors and Ambassadors who earn the Gold Award tackle issues that are dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond. Think of the Gold Award as a key that can open doors to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college, and amazing career opportunities!

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GSSJC's Gold Award
Project Guide
Congratulations to Ariel Zolton, Texas Gold Award Scholarship  Recipient!

For her Gold Award Project, Ariel Zolton worked with eight volunteers on "Food for Thought: Food Allergies 101." The project addressed increasing the awareness of food allergies among teenagers.

Ariel and her volunteers taught educational workshops at two Kingwood-area schools and a 4-H group. The workshops highlighted the myths and misconceptions about food allergies and explained how to keep allergic friends and family safe. During the workshops, a Teal Pumpkin Project was promoted to make Halloween safer for kids with food allergies.  

“I will be pursuing a bachelor's degree in pre-pharmacy/medical biochemistry.  I hope to go on to earn my Doctorate of Pharmacy,” Ariel said.

She'll attend the University of Texas to pursue her dreams. We can’t wait to see how far you go, Ariel!  

Support Ariel and other Texas Gold Award Girl Scouts by buying your Girl Scout affinity license plates at myplates.com

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Meet Gold Award Girl Scout Isabella Cantone!

We are excited to announce that Isabella Cantone is the recipient of the GSUSA Gold Award Scholarship for 2022. This is a scholarship program to recognize and provide financial support to one Gold Award Girl Scout per Council. 

As a recipient, Isabella completed a Gold Award project that: 

• Demonstrated extraordinary leadership. 

• Had a measurable and sustainable impact. 

• Addressed an issue of national and/or global significance. 

Isabella and 16 volunteers helped young women understand and manage their menstrual cycle as swimmers. She created a website for girls to get helpful information on swimming with their period from a pediatrician and nutritionist and read reviews about period-friendly suits. The high point for Isabella was hosting two live seminars with girls from all over the nation to present all the information and to answer their questions. As part of her education, Isabella created a hand sign to communicate “Week 4” to coaches.  

“Many girls locally and nationwide, including states like Alabama and Michigan, have attended the webinar or watched the video to understand how to manage their period while swimming. Coaches and parents also benefited from my project," Isabella said.

Her Gold Award mentor, Bonnie Homier, describes Isabella as an amazing young woman. "Through the Gold Award, she learned so much about herself and strengthened her self-confidence. Bella adjusted her project multiple times to account for the COVID-19 pandemic and the disappointment of her initial team not following through with their promised commitments," Bonnie said. "But these gave Bella the opportunity to learn how to adjust her plan to keep her goal within sight.” 

Isabella will receive: 

• An academic scholarship of $2,000. 
• An official letter of notification. 
• Promotion that helps her reach a broad audience while highlighting the importance and impact of her project.

Isabella will also be on a Movement-wide list. Girls on this list - upon request - may serve as a representative for Girl Scouts through public relations, web/social, speaking engagements, or other related opportunities. 

We can’t wait to see more of Isabella! 

 

You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:
 
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You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade) 
 

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You're registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador
 

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You have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed a Journey

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You have completed GSSJC's Gold Award Orientation

Girl Scout Gold Award Steps
 
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Identify an issue
 

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Investigate your issue thoroughly
 

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Get help and build your team
 

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Create a plan
 

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Present your plan and gather feedback 
 

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Take action
 

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Educate and inspire
 

New Gold Award Process: GoGold Online

As of January 1, 2019 the Gold Award process has moved to an online platform. To get started, register for your GoGold Online account. This is the first step in writing your Gold Award Project Proposal. Please remember to contact your Gold Award Mentor and work with her on your Project Proposal before you submit your application to the council.

GoGold Online

Building your proposal and writing your final report has never been easier. GoGold will guide you along each of the seven project steps and auto-save your progress. GoGold can also be accessed on smartphones and tablets.

Please keep in mind that in addition to the project proposal and final report, GSSJC has required supplemental forms, which can be found within Step 5 of GoGold. Additionally, your Gold Award Mentor must review each of these documents before you submit to the Review Board. Once the project proposal is reviewed by the Review Board you will be notified by the Gold Award Manager by email either informing you that your project has been approved or asking for necessary revisions. After completion of your project, a Final Report along with additional material uploads (including a required presentation) will be required before final approval of a Gold Award.

Deadlines
Jan. 1 - Feb. 15  Emerald Circle Spring scholarship applications are accepted 
March 31 Deadline for approval of final reports to be invited to the council’s Gold Award Ceremony in May
July 1 Deadline for submission of Project Proposals for graduated high school seniors
Sept. 15 - Nov. 1  Emerald Circle Fall scholarship applications are accepted
Sept. 30 For graduated seniors, Final Reports must be reviewed by your Gold Award Mentor and submitted to council via Go Gold Online by Sept. 30

Please note that for the Emerald Circle Scholarships the Spring application is reserved for those who earn their Gold Award before the Feb 15th application deadline and expect to graduate high school later than that calendar year.  The Fall application opportunity is reserved for those graduating seniors who earned their Gold Award after the Spring application deadline (Feb 15th). 

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Please keep in mind that your Gold Award Mentor’s job is to make sure you are in compliance with council guidelines and deadlines.  Her goal is for you to be successful! In order for her to help you do that, please be sure to keep your mentor up-to-date with your progress and any speed bumps you run into along the way.

If you have any additional questions regarding Gold Award, please contact the GSSJC Gold Award Manager at goldaward@sjgs.org or 713-292-0300