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the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. It is something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action. The project is something that fulfills a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global), creates change, and hopefully, is something that becomes ongoing.

Colorado Springs hosts Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards Event

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The gorgeous El Pomar Foundation’s Penrose House Garden Pavilion in Colorado Springs was the setting for the final Girl Scouts of Colorado Highest Awards event on Thursday evening, May 31st. Three hundred and fifty guests gathered to honor some of the more than 1,000 Girl Scouts from throughout Colorado who earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards (known as the Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards) during the 2011/2012 program.

Photos from the event can be viewed above, and a highlight video is below. View the photos and video from the April 30th Highlands Ranch Highest Awards Ceremony, as well as see the media coverage generated for this year’s Gold Award recipients here.

And also take a minute to check out the Celebration Program from the event on our website. You will surely be inspired by what our Girl Scouts who have earned our top honor, the Gold Award, have done! If you find a favorite project, vote for it on our blog here*, and share it with your friends on social media to spread the word on how Girl Scouts are making a difference!

*If you can’t find your favorite project on the list on the first page, look for the link at the bottom of the page to be routed to further honoree stories. Once you find the one you want, click on the link, and look for the stars at the top of the page to vote.

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Girl Scouts’ Highest Award Recipients Honored

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This year more than 1,000 Girl Scouts across the state of Colorado have received one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards (the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award).

A ceremony to honor some of these recipients took place on Monday evening, April 30th, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch.

Photos from the event can be viewed via the link above, and below is a highlight video from the event. And here is some of the media coverage we’ve placed on our Gold Awardees:

And also take a minute to check out the Celebration Program from the event on our website. You will surely be inspired by what our Girl Scouts who have earned our top honor, the Gold Award, have done! If you find a favorite project, vote for it on our blog here*, and share it with your friends on social media to spread the word on how Girl Scouts are making a difference!

*If you can’t find your favorite project on the list on the first page, look for the link at the bottom of the page to be routed to further honoree stories. Once you find the one you want, click on the link, and look for the stars at the top of the page to vote.

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My Gold Award project: ‘Fighting Meth’

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Submitted by Angela Natrasevschi
Fort Collins

Methamphetamine is a horrible drug that ruins lives, it has a large impact in my country, and our world. I, Angela Natrasevschi, have been working to educate others to create more awareness to the dangers of meth, and hopefully aid in prevention.

I created a presentation that fully educates on all the aspects people need to know about meth, and I’ve also translated it to several languages including Spanish, Romanian and Polish. It’s accessible worldwide through YouTube.

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I’ve also organized or been a part of several events that have impacted large amounts of people and made an impact on their lives. The many facets of my project have served to educate people and spread my message. I developed a presentation and artwork to raise awareness and educate the community on the risks of meth use. In August 2011, I had a booth at the Fort Collins, CO New West Fest; I spoke with people about the dangers of the drug and collected signatures. I also created two meth-related artworks that were displayed in my booth. For months I prepared; one step was to conduct training for Girl Scouts available to volunteer at my booth. All my hard work made a difference. In the two days I ran the booth, collectively 1,017 people signed my “Pledge to be Meth Free.”

In September, my Meth-related art work was featured at the Denver Civic Arts Theater Gallery in Denver to create more awareness of the problems we face. I talked to Jonathan of the Colorado Meth Project and found out my paintings were viewed by over 2,000 people on first Friday at gallery. Wow, I love art.

In October 2011, I spoke at the Generation Wow event at the Denver Marriott about my project in front of 500 distinguished individuals of Colorado. I spoke at the Soroptimist International of Fort Collins Living her Dream Award Dinner on Feb. 21, 2012. It was a lovely evening with about 60 present. I received The Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award, which recognizes and honors young women who volunteer to make the community and world a better place. (At this date 4,260 people inspired by “Fighting Meth”.) My speech is online at [youtube http://youtube.com/w/?v=U8u_rNxnvhM&feature=relmfu]

The Coloradoan newspaper ran an article on meth on Feb. 28 2012. I interviewed for the article, telling my story and gave information about meth. The article featured my oil painting, “Meth Mouth.”
9 News Colorado uses Coloradoan news article about Meth online. http://www.9news.com/news/article/252385/222/Meth-takes-over-lives-in-No

So far, I’ve put over 300 hours into my Girl Scout Gold Award Project, “Fighting Meth” and benefited over 32,761 people and counting. My 20 volunteers have spent of over 400 hours “Fighting Meth.”

Coming soon I will tell you what my Girl Scout Gold Award means to me.

This story was submitted via our Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients Honored at State Capitol

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Seventy-two Girl Scouts are receiving Girl Scouts’ highest award, the Gold Award, this spring in Colorado. On Monday, April 9th, the Colorado House of Representatives honored these recipients on the House floor. Twenty-five of the recipients were present. Channel 4 TV (CBS – Denver/statewide) covered the event.

Read more about this year’s Gold Award recipients in the 2012 Highest Awards Program as well as in the press release prepared for the State Capitol recognition.

And there is no better way to capture the essence of this honor then by listening to some of this year’s Gold Award recipients on what earning this award means to them in the video below.

Congratulations 2012 Gold Award recipients! (This Gold Award alumna is proud of you :)!)

 
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Fort Collins Girl Scout Distinguished Finalist for The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Girl Scouts of Colorado got some exciting news today! One of our Fort Collins Girl Scouts, Angela Natrasevschi, has been honored as a Distinguished Finalist for The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Only six youth in the state have earned this honor, which recognizes outstanding volunteerism across the United States. (Read more about this award and the other honorees.)

Angela’s Girl Scout Gold Award project, which is the highest award in Girl Scouts, helped earn her this honor.

After watching her 17-year-old cousin destroy his life due to his meth addiction, and learning how large of an issue meth addiction is in Colorado, Angela set out to make a change in these statistics for her Gold Award project. Through a multi-faceted project that included presentations and an artwork display, Angela reached 2,000 people in Colorado who “pledged to be meth free.” Angela began her project in the fall of 2011 by attending the New West Fest in Fort Collins, where she had a booth displaying her meth-related artwork and collected 1,000 “pledge to be meth free” signatures. Her booth also included information she collected from her partner in this project, the Colorado Meth Project. Additionally, in the fall, the Denver Civic Arts Theatre Gallery in Denver featured Angela’s artwork. In the future, the Colorado Meth Project plans to use her artwork in schools.

Angela’s accomplishments don’t stop with her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

Angela, as well as her sister Josephine, are two of the 100 Girl Scouts recently honored by Girl Scouts of Colorado as Generation Wow! Girl Scouts in honor of our 100th anniversary this year. They were selected for this honor based on the leadership skills they demonstrate through their work in Girl Scouts, their communities and schools.

Angela is also very excited to be  interviewing with Yale University on Thursday afternoon! She is planning to major in Fine Arts in college with a Spanish emphasis, and wants to teach and travel after completing college. Angela’s also recently earned the Comcast Future Leaders scholarship, as well as the local Soroptimist scholarship. Additionally, President Barack Obama honored Angela with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Girl Scouts of Colorado couldn’t be prouder of this truly remarkable young lady. Angela is an excellent example of where leadership through Girl Scouting can take you. Congratulations, Angela!

Girl Scout Gold Awardees make a difference

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Broomfield High School Junior Grace Forrey “battled the effects of relational aggression and media hype” for her Girl Scout Gold Award. She designed, organized, and implemented self-esteem workshops to help girls entering 4th-6th grade realize their worth and recognize what factors have us at their mercy. Grace said, “Boys take it out on the sports field, girls take it out on each other.”

Clear Creek High School Junior Nicole Moes “was distressed with gender differences in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields” so she did something to share her love of science for her Gold Award. Two events were held- one for 5th -7th grade girls on the fun side of science and a more career oriented event for high school students.

Are you an organ donor? Niwot High School Senior Katie Rose “set out to educate her peers on the need for organs for transplant” to earn her Gold Award. Katie said, “If tragedy strikes, your organs could go to help someone who would die without a transplant.”

Girl Scouts of Colorado congratulates these girls who recently completed the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award!

Girl Scouts hope to break cycle of violence against women & girls

According to a National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey, one in four women experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

In 2008, Colorado domestic violence agency staff and volunteers answered 46,780 crisis intervention calls, a 20% increase from 2007.

According to 2008 Liz Claiborne research study, one in four “tween” say dating violence is a serious problem for their age.

85,000 rapes were reported in Colorado in 2010, yet an estimated 60% of rapes go unreported.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Girl Scouts of Colorado is going to be part of an important project that starts this Saturday, Oct. 29th.

We are collaborating with MidChix & MadHens, a social enterprise promoting the well-being of women & girls, on the Colorado Clothesline Project.

This event will bring together hundreds of girls (6th grade and older) and women throughout the community to create a compelling T-Shirt art exhibit acknowledging the existence and effects of widespread violence against women and girls in our society, along with efforts to break that cycle via education and empowerment of our generation as well as the next.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral, 1350 Washington St., Denver. (A program on domestic violence will be given by the Center on Domestic Violence at the University of Colorado Denver from 10-10:45 a.m.)

The hundreds of completed shirts will be part of a public art display in the South Gaylord Street neighborhood in Wash Park from Nov. 4th-6th. A public unveiling of the display will take place on Nov. 4th from 5-8 p.m. at Brushstrokes Gallery, 1059 South Gaylord Street, Denver.

This isn’t the first time Colorado Girl Scouts have been part of this important conversation in our community. View the public service announcement one of our Colorado Springs Girl Scouts (also a Generation Wow! Girl Scout), Rebecca Nelson, created on this subject for TESSA to earn her the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, this last spring.

For more information on the Colorado Clothesline event, including how you can participate, visit our website.

Reach for the stars, you’ll land on the moon!


Written by Colorado Girl Scout Alumnae, Emily Walters, who earned her Gold Award in 2004

Girl Scouts and the Girl Scout Gold Award has helped me get to where I am today.

I was recently fortunate to work on the GRAIL satellite project at Lockheed Martin. GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) is a two satellite system that will orbit the moon to analyze the internal structure and lunar gravity. They are relatively small compared to other satellites, about the size of a washer and dryer, and launched toward the moon on Sept. 8, 2011. I was a part of the team that assembled the spacecraft, tested each component of the spacecraft as it was added, and tested the fully integrated system. Prior to the launch, I worked in Cape Canaveral, Florida to do final testing and integrate the GRAIL satellites to the rocket. Some days I wrote procedures or code software scripts, other days I worked in a cleanroom bunny suit running a test on the spacecraft. I got to work directly with the hardware to get to know the satellites in and out. On Sept. 8th, I helped the team launch the rocket for its journey to the moon!

In school and growing up, I was always interested in math and science. When it was time to decide what I wanted to do for my Gold Award project (one of Girl Scouts most prestigious awards), I knew that I wanted to do something to share my love of math and science. When I was in high school, I earned my Gold Award for starting a summer science program for elementary aged kids. It was an opportunity for me to have fun and help inspire others with my passion for science. During my project, I led the children through different science topics and experiments. Since I had always been interested in space, we had a “space week” where we explored different space topics.

What helped me the most with earning my Gold Award were the team building experiences that I had through Girl Scouts. I had an opportunity to learn about leadership and eventually take the lead. I also had to go outside of my comfort zone while working on my Gold Award, which helped me push my boundaries. I use these skills at work by asserting myself with a team to make sure that GRAIL was ready to go to the moon. On Sept. 8th, I sat in front of a monitor in the Mission Control Center as the rocket counted down to take GRAIL to the moon.

If you want to learn more about GRAIL, visit these sites: