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Join Team Thin Mint: Run the Colfax Marathon with Girl Scouts

Colfax Shirt

 

 

Register for the Colfax Marathon (or 5K, 10-miler, Half or Relay) today and you’ll get this fun, custom Girl Scouts team shirt to show your GSCO pride! This shirt is in addition to the awesome official marathon shirt!

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We’re ordering shirts the week of March 30, so get signed up (along with your friends and family) NOW.  This is a great troop healthy living activity, and kids’ 5K registrations are only $20. Only the first 30 to register with GSCO as their charity get the team shirt for free!

For more information on the Colfax Marathon or to join Team Thin Mint, click here.  Don’t forget to select Girl Scouts of Colorado as your charity. Already signed up? Great! There’s still time to choose GSCO.

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Grace Atchison-Reynolds, Parker, “Happiness Through Music”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project I organized concerts through Valor Christian High School, as well as Turnbull Piano Studios to be preformed at assisted living facilities.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this Girl Scout Gold Award because I believe in the healing attributes of music, as well as music’s ability to bring happiness.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award project brought happiness to those who were in the assisted living facilities, as well as brought healing.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I gained many skills including coordination, leadership, organization, and communication.

How did you make your project sustainable?

My project is sustainable because it was through many different facilities, and is being continued through the community service organization at Valor Christian.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

My connection is through the national community because of my interest in helping people through music.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will most remember the impact that the music had on the residents and the amount of joy they received.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

My Gold Award has helped develop my skills that I will be able to use the rest of my life.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I believe the Gold Award let me have my own impact on society as well as broaden my scope to all of the needs in society.

***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 highestawards@gscolorado.org

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Linda Baker, Fort Collins, “Attracting Girls to STEM Using Social Media”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I encouraged girls in Colorado to get involved in FIRST Lego League by implementing Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter functionality on the Colorado FIRST Lego League website, as well as publishing an article on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Blog, encouraging Girl Scouts (both girls and adults) to start Lego Robotics teams. I linked this article to my Facebook page, and asked my contacts to share it on their pages. My project advisor, Ross Parrent, also shared the article on LinkedIn, and asked his network to help spread the word. In May, I participated in a panel discussion for new leaders and volunteers at the Microsoft store in South Denver. This presentation was recorded and posted on the ColoradoFLL website. I have also been responding to email inquiries about how to get involved. Finally, my FRC team continues to do outreach and recruitment at events and exhibits in northern Colorado.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I am passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and chose my Gold Award project to share this passion with young girls in and outside of Girl Scouts. Girls and young women typically lose interest in the STEM subjects, or “dumb themselves down” in order to appear more socially acceptable by their peers. This results in an insufficient number of young women attracted to careers in these fields.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award Project made a significant difference in several ways. One of my articles on the Girl Scout of Colorado blog was among the highest read and most favored articles posted in the last several years. My post on the Colorado FIRST Lego League website reached a potential target audience of several thousand young people. A talent scout from Los Angeles contacted me to recruit from both of these target audiences for the television series “America’s Junior Mind Challenge,” giving my readers access to an incredible opportunity. My Gold Award project reached far beyond the GSCO audience.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

When I began this project, I was new to web design, and merely a standard user of social media. Through my project, I learned a lot more about programming in HTML and incorporating plugin software components. My communication skills were enhanced by weekly planning meetings with adult partners in FIRST Lego League. I stretched myself quite a bit to take a lead in facilitating discussions among these individuals and consultants from third party software development companies. This experience has taken me far from my comfort zone and given me confidence to be a leader in an adult business world.

How did you make your project sustainable?

The World Wide Web is a persistent and enduring technology that will remain available to everyone. I created controls on the Colorado FIRST Lego League website that allow connections, likes, and shares through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

If COFLL is successful, that will enable USFIRST to leverage those both nationally and internationally. The work I have done should transport seamlessly to other HTML applications. Additionally, news of my project reached Hollywood, and the talent search articles continue to propel information to young audiences everywhere.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The most memorable aspect of my Gold Award project is my contact with the talent scout of Shed Media that was looking for smart young women. I did not realize that my Gold Award could reach so far from Girl Scouts, so that experience will always remind me of the ripple effect that my actions may have on the world.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

I have become more confident in my ability to hold my own in business situations, and I have learned how to be more effective in quick response situations. There were times I doubted my ability to finish my Gold Award on time, but I managed to finish my project two days before I left for college, and today I have immense satisfaction that I saw it through to completion.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

My Gold Award Project was a product of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Throughout my experience, I developed a variety of skills such as problem solving and communication.

***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 highestawards@gscolorado.org

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Emma Coffey, Thornton, “Money on the Mountain”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

The goal of my project was to provide my peers at Mountain Range High School with more access to financial education in a fun, interesting, relevant, and interactive way. I accomplished this by writing a video series to be shown on the weekly video announcements. The videos were given a question-and-answer format, and asked basic questions such as “What is a budget?” or “How much of your income should be put into savings?” I have also created a Facebook page called “Money on the Mountain” that is updated periodically with videos, money management articles, financial facts, and more.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I have always wanted to earn the Gold Award to make a difference in my community. I wanted to open the door for discussion of the lack of financial literacy being taught to teenagers. I also pursued my Gold Award to challenge myself to learn new things and develop my leadership skills. I am very satisfied with my decision to go for the Gold.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My project addresses the lack of financial education among a specific group of people: teenagers. I believe that because of this project, more students will be aware of the importance of being financially savvy.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I am not the same person I was two years ago, and I can attribute this in a large part to earning the Gold Award. Communicating with other people was a large part of my project. It is also an extremely important life skill. Being a naturally shy person, it was difficult for me at first to approach others about my ideas. Now, without hesitation, I am able to clearly communicate my thoughts. I have also learned the value of tenacity and not giving up, even when it seemed like no one was on my side, or when it seemed like I would never finish. Having the ability to work with/lead a team is another skill that was improved by completing this project. Lastly, while educating others, I have also educated myself about financial literacy. Not only was this project designed to help other people, but an opportunity for myself to grow as an individual and as a leader. This project was all about the journey and the skills I learned along the way to achieve my final result.

How did you make your project sustainable?

My project will be carried on at Mountain Range High School through the Investment Club/DECA. The club will be responsible for posting regularly to the Facebook page and will work with the media department to ensure a replaying of the videos each year. Additionally, a binder will be left behind. This binder will outline all of the tasks and responsibilities that are important to the success of the project, such as when and what to post on the Facebook page, and when to show more videos on the announcements.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

Financial literacy is a skill that is lacking throughout the world. This problem isn’t only seen in the United States. Low financial literacy rates have been reported in Australia, Russia, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Germany. Furthermore, teaching students how to manage their money more wisely will help them to become more responsible citizens, both locally and globally.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will remember the obstacles I faced and how I overcame them. While this may not seem like the happiest thing to remember, knowing that I overcame a lot of obstacles to reach this point makes me feel amazing.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Earning my Gold Award has assisted me in learning valuable, lifelong skills. These skills (communication, hard work, tenacity) will be very useful for when I enter a professional career. The Gold Award has impacted my life so much that it has even been a guide for my college search process. Because my project focused on financial literacy, I have become more aware about money. This includes becoming aware of the cost of college. Instead of waiting until I graduate college to figure out how to pay for it, I have chosen the school that has given me the best deal financially. Because of this project, my new goal is to graduate college without having any student loans.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

The Girl Scout Gold Award exemplifies key qualities that define a Girl Scout. The mission of Girl Scouts is to “build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” The Gold Award teaches girls these qualities, and I feel that I have grown as a leader and a Girl Scout by doing this project. Girl Scouts has been a part of my life for 12 years, and I feel that earning the Gold award is a perfect way to demonstrate what I have learned over the years and a memory that will last for years to come.

***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 highestawards@gscolorado.org

GSCO celebrates 103rd anniversary of Girl Scouts

Thank you to all the Girl Scout Alumnae who joined us for our anniversary celebration on March 12! Together, we celebrated the 103rd anniversary of the Girl Scouts with lunch and a council update from GSCO President & CEO Stephanie Foote!

A special “Thank You” to the GSCO History Committee for putting together this wonderful display of Girl Scout memorabilia.

 

All of the photos from the celebration are on our Flickr page.

Girl Scouts honored in Highlands Ranch

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Time is running out to see this display of Girl Scout memorabilia at the James H. LaRue library in Highlands Ranch! It is only up  for the month of March.  For more details, check out this article in the Highlands Ranch Herald.

Thanks to the History Committee for taking the time to put together this special display!

 

 

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Lauren Schneider, FORT COLLINS, “Medbugs”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My Gold Award Project was to design, facilitate the creation of, and distribute 450 Medbugs. I tackled the emotional issues with children in the hospital and created a Medbug. It is a little bug friend to help a child feel better. It is the medicine to make them smile and feel a little less afraid.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I spent five  weeks in the hospital when I was 8. I remember the comfort of a stuffed friend to hold onto and cry into when I was scared. My brother also has been sick and at times a special treat has made all the difference in the world to him. He still has a stuffed bear he got at age 2. Kids should be able to be kids and if a friendly fleece friend helps ease the mind of one child, then I have had tremendous success.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My target audience was children in the hospital. They are either sick or hurt. Another target audience is their siblings. Immediately, I hoped these Medbugs made children smile. A smile of joy and hope is so very important when you are sick or hurt. I have been in the shoes of the ill and the shoes of the siblings. I know these friends brought joy. In the future, I hope that these children and their parents gained knowledge of caring and kind people in their community. I would hope that when they grow up they will have gained an attitude that service and helping others is important.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I spoke to several groups about my project and how they could help me on my journey. Also, with my mom’s help and guidance, I managed a Facebook page chronicling my journey of my Gold Award Project. On this page, people all over the world can see my progress and be inspired to do good works in their areas. I think if I inspire one to do service, no matter what that service may be, my project has been a success. I was amazed at how many different people committed their time to my project. I have had girls and boys, men and women, and the young and the mature help me. I did not think I would have such a fantastic team surround me and make me successful. I am proud of the people who helped me and I am proud of what we accomplished.

How did you make your project sustainable?

I created an incredible resource book! I am so proud of the fact that others can take this book and easily recreate this project in their own communities. I already have groups in Missouri, Colorado, and California duplicating this project.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

There are children sick and hurt all over the world. My Facebook page went viral when I was named a Channel 7 Everyday Hero. Woman’s World Magazine is writing a story about my project and my hobby of community service. I have been contacted by many people inquiring about how they can get started in making a difference in their communities. I provided an opportunity for others to learn how to sew. I also inspired several groups to recreate my project. As a leader I have made myself available to them in the event of any questions. I will continue to serve my world. It is my duty as a citizen of the world.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I had never really looked at my total hours of service until I needed to log them for this project. In realizing that I had served over 4,500 hours in my lifetime. This made me realize that service is one of my hobbies. I realized that I am a good seamstress. I will now not be afraid of volunteering for other sewing based service opportunities. I spoke to several groups about my project and how they could help me on my journey. Also, with my mom’s help and guidance, I managed a Facebook page the chronicling my journey of my Gold Award Project. On this page, people all over the world can see my progress and be inspired to do good works in their areas. I think if I inspire one to do service, no matter what that service may be, my project has been a success. I was amazed at how many different people committed their time to my project. I have had girls and boys, men and women, and the young and the mature help me. I did not think I would have such a fantastic team surround me and make me successful. I am proud of the people who helped me and I am proud of what we accomplished.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

As a leader, I learned to plan and execute a service project. This will help me with future projects. I also learned to communicate in front of large groups. I have made a lifelong friend in Melissa Mangan. If I had not gone in and asked for her help, this project would not have been as successful. This skill of asking for help will make me a better leader. I felt a positive connection to my community. I have lived in three states and for the first time I felt at home.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

It’s all about service! This project more than any other makes a young woman think outside themselves. It requires a deeper journey into who she will become. I am a better human being because of Girl Scouts and all I have experienced and learned.

***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 highestawards@gscolorado.org

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Jacqueline Pierce, Aurora, “Patriotism 163”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I taught patriotism classes to ages two through six over Thanksgiving and summer break in order to instill the idea of supporting our country into the youngest generation. I also collaborated with several different organizations, including the Wyoming Army National Guard to ensure the soldiers knew they had support from their home country.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I have family-friends in the military, who brought up the issue of the lack of support. I looked in to the issue and discovered the lack of support originated from a lack of patriotism and knowledge about the U.S. and soldiers.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

It not only instilled patriotism within the younger generation and supported soldiers, but created a cycle of appreciation and support for the functioning members of society.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I am now more confident in my abilities to direct projects, which originated from my own ideas. I have obtained leadership skills through having adults follow my lead on this project.

How did you make your project sustainable?

The children whom I taught in the patriotism classes will carry the idea of supporting soldiers and their country with them into their adulthood.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

I taught the patriotism classes in Denver, which directly supported the National Guard based in Wyoming. The soldiers were on the east coast and then in Bahrain over the course of the project, with other companies in Afghanistan.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I managed to unite several different organizations that people would have never seen as a possible. I connected WYARNG with the HEA schoolboard in the name of GSCO.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

It thoroughly demonstrates my leadership capabilities, which will carry me through college and my career as an adult.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

It is the highest award and therefore the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. It marked the height of my Girl Scout career.

***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 highestawards@gscolorado.org

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Nicole Cheng, Centennial, “Ahma’s Recipes Journey to My Cultural Heritage”

 

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I collected recipes from my Taiwanese Grandma and helped people translate the recipes to Chinese and English. I also had a story along with these recipes, which explained Taiwanese culture and traditions.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this award because I wanted to help preserve the Taiwanese culture and boost the self esteem of those Taiwanese Americans and those other cultures who can relate because they are proud of their culture. The best way to preserve culture is through food and language and food is the most enjoyable way.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

It has made a difference because people who are Taiwanese-Americans have something to be proud of.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I have gained leadership, organizational, and communications skills. All of this came from the fact that I had to figure out a schedule for people to come and help translate the pages of the Taiwanese recipes.

How did you make your project sustainable?

My project is sustainable because it is a Facebook page. This allows many people to see it and add to it. This is as opposed to a cookbook, which would have only reached a couple of families.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

The connection to a national community is the connection to Taiwan and its culture.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will remember the faces of comprehension and pride after I had explained my recipes and stories to a group of people.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

It will help me as a lawyer because as a lawyer I should be able to connect with my client. Because of my Gold Award project, I have a better understanding of Taiwanese culture and therefore have a better connection with future clients.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

As a Girl Scout, I should help better the community. The Gold Award allowed me to choose an aspect of the community I was passionate about and try and help fix it.

***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 highestawards@gscolorado.org

2015 Young Ambassadors Program: Apply Today

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Gain professional experience, network with Latino leaders, hone your leadership skills, and get involved in your community this summer with a paid internship. Apply to the Young Ambassadors Program!

Who? Graduating high school seniors with a commitment to the arts, sciences, or humanities as it pertains to Latino communities

What? Week-long, all-expenses paid training and leadership seminar and a four-week internship with a $2,000 program stipend

Where?  Denver, Colorado and internships in 19 cities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico

When? June 21-July 31, 2015

Why? Opportunity to explore various career paths, embrace your own cultural heritage, and gain practical and leadership skills and intellectual growth

Application deadline: April 6, 2015

For more information, to view the promotional video, and to apply visit: http://latino.si.edu/Education/YAP

For questions: Email SLCEducation@si.edu

The Smithsonian Latino Center gratefully acknowledges major and continued program support from Ford Motor Company Fund.

About the Program

The Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) is a national program for graduating high school seniors aimed at fostering the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources. YAP is a college preparatory and leadership program encouraging participants to explore various academic and career opportunities through the lens of the Latino experience.

Students with an interest in and commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities as it pertains to Latino communities and cultures are selected to travel to Washington, D.C. for a week-long seminar at the Smithsonian. This enrichment opportunity is a leadership development and skill-building training that exposes youth to a wide array of academic disciplines promoting higher education and encouraging the exploration and understanding of the Latino identity. The seminar, known as Washington Week, includes visits to the Smithsonian’s Latino collections and one-on-one interaction with renowned experts from various fields as well as museum professionals. Following the training seminar, students participate in a four-week interdisciplinary internship in museums and other cultural institutions in 19 cities across the United States and Puerto Rico, including Smithsonian-affiliated organizations. This hands-on component allows students to gain transferable knowledge and apply the skills acquired during the training seminar to their internship assignments.

2015 Internship Regions

Denver, Colorado

History Colorado

Phoenix, Arizona

Arizona Science Center

Musical Instrument Museum

Los Angeles/Long Beach, California

California Science Center

Museum of Latin American Art

 Oakland (Bay Area), California

Chabot Space and Science Center

Washington, D.C.

National Portrait Gallery

 Miami, Florida

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

HistoryMiami

Chicago, Illinois

Adler Planetarium

National Museum of Mexican Art

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Explora

New York, New York

National Museum of the American Indian-New York

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Museum of Art

 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

Austin, Texas

The Thinkery

Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

 Houston, Texas

Children’s Museum of Houston

Talento Bilingüe de Houston

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio Museum of Art

Seattle, Washington

The Museum of Flight

Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta History Center

McAllen, Texas

The San Antonio Museum of Art

Expenses and Program Stipend

Participation in the Young Ambassadors Program includes meals and accommodations for the duration of the one-week training seminar, round-trip travel costs to Washington, D.C. and a program stipend. Students selected are responsible for all expenses during the four-week internship, including transportation, accommodations, and meals. Upon completion of the five-week program, participants will receive $2,000 to contribute to their higher education. Students that do not complete the training seminar and four-week internship will not receive the program stipend.

Eligibility

Admission is competitive.  To be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Be a high school senior graduating in 2015
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security Number at the time of application
  • Have a minimum weighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Be fluent in English
  • Be enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or university (enrollment will be verified for the fall 2015)
  • Commit to participate in the one-week training seminar at the Smithsonian Institution and complete a four-week paid summer internship

Evaluation Criteria

Up to 24 participants are selected through a competitive process, guided by a selection committee comprised of museum and education professionals.  The selection committee evaluates all application materials and submissions based on the following criteria:

  1. Excellence in the:
    1. Arts (e.g., film, visual, performing, design);
    2. Sciences (e.g., natural, biological, chemical, planetary); or
    3. Humanities (e.g., language, literature, social sciences, business).
  1. Academic record
  2. Leadership experience
  3. Commitment to education
  4. Service learning and engagement with the Latino community

 

For more information and to apply, please visit the Smithsonian Latino Center online at http://latino.si.edu/programs/youngambassadors.htm or email SLCEducation@si.edu.