What did you do for your Gold Award project?
For my Gold Award project, I chose to take on the the disconnect between domestic violence resources and the public as well as break the stigma surrounding domestic violence victims.
How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?
My audience was the women in Castle Rock and surrounding towns. I reached a total of around 90 people through my event, Facebook page, website, and pledge for people to be allies against domestic violence. I also measured an impact to my audience through the 11 purses and one baby bag that were stuffed with necessities and sent over to the Crisis Center in Castle Rock.
How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?
My project is sustainable through all of the channels my materials have been passed on to. I have passed on all paper materials to the Crisis Center for possible future use. I have also partnered with some teachers and counselors from Douglas County School District to pass along paper materials, to help establish an understanding of domestic violence and creating healthy relationships at an early age.
What is your project’s global and/or national connection?
My national connection is through the media. This topic first peaked my interest because of local news stories as well as national news stories and I saw a disconnect of resources and those affected. My national connection really was what began my project.
What did you learn about yourself?
This project was quite an undertaking for me and I feel like I gained a lot more knowledge about myself because of it. Mostly, I took this experience as the beginning of what the real world looks like. In that in everyday life you have to learn how to be around people and to work with people. In this project, I learned that I must be patient with people because the world doesn’t always work on your time. Along with that, I learned about how to communicate my ideas better and listen to my mentors and try to better myself. I also learned how I deal with tasks under different types of deadlines and pressure- things I will take with me to the future as I plan to study journalism in college.
How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?
I am well versed in the knowledge that the journalism world has many deadlines. In fact, it revolves around such things. It is for that reason alone I know that my Gold Award will help me in the future because I had defined deadlines for myself at multiple stages in this project process and I pushed myself to meet said deadlines in record time. I have also learned better ways to communicate with a team and how to grow the bigger picture with the help of others in addition to oneself. Just like my mentor and advisers did for me.
How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?
My Gold Award helped me to become a G.I.R.L through teaching me how to get out of my comfort zone and be a risk-taker. I took a lot of risks mostly with my timing of my project as well as the topic I picked because I wasn’t quite sure of the obstacles that I would encounter because I chose a more difficult cause like domestic violence.
**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email firstname.lastname@example.org