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Gold Award recipient honored for volunteerism at national award ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps congratulates Emma Albertoni, 18, of Arvada (center) and Breanna Remigio, 14, of Aurora (right) on being named Colorado's top two youth volunteers for 2017 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Emma and Breanna were honored at a ceremony on Sunday, May 7 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, where they each received a $1,000 award. (PRNewsfoto/Prudential Insurance)
Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps congratulates Emma Albertoni, 18, of Arvada (center) and Breanna Remigio, 14, of Aurora (right) on being named Colorado’s top two youth volunteers for 2017 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Emma and Breanna were honored at a ceremony on Sunday, May 7 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, where they each received a $1,000 award. (PRNewsfoto/Prudential Insurance)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Emma Albertoni of Arvada was honored in the nation’s capital on May 7, 2017 for her outstanding volunteer service during the 22nd annual presentation of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. In February, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards named Emma one of Colorado’s top youth volunteers of 2017 and awarded her the title of State Honoree. Emma – along with more than 100 other top youth volunteers from across the country – received a $1,000 award and personal congratulations from Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps at an award ceremony and gala dinner reception held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Emma also received an engraved silver medallion, which Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie A. Foote presented to her at last month’s Highest Awards Celebration in Loveland. 

Emma, a senior at Ralston Valley Senior High School, earned the highest honor in Girl Scouting for her work to improve financial literacy education and ensure students across Colorado are prepared to make sound financial decisions when they graduate. The idea hit Emma one summer when she was working at a summer job, shopping for her first car, and looking at college tuitions. “I was dealing with larger sums of money than ever before and I realized I didn’t know anything about using it wisely,” she said. After discussing with her parents such foreign concepts as credit scores, loans, budgeting and taxes, Emma decided she and her peers needed help.

She began by researching financial education in Colorado and found large gaps. For example, “In Algebra II, students are taught how to calculate interest; what they are not taught is how interest could affect their credit scores or how to figure interest into the cost of a purchase,” she said. Emma discussed her concerns with her principal, who put her in touch with the teacher of her school’s Family Consumer Science class. Emma offered to develop a unit on financial safety online for the class, and then created presentations, videos, discussion outlines, and quizzes to use in the classroom. Next, she persuaded the local school board to strengthen the teaching of financial literacy throughout the district, and she is now working with state legislators on guidelines for educators across the state to follow in teaching students about financial topics.

Youth volunteers in grades 5-12 were invited to apply for 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards last fall through schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of the HandsOn Network. More than 31,000 middle level and high school students nationwide participated in this year’s program.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program was created in 1995 to identify and recognize young people for outstanding volunteer service – and, in so doing, inspire others to volunteer, too. In the past 22 years, the program has honored more than 120,000 young volunteers at the local, state and national level.

For more information about The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and this year’s honorees, visit  http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit.

 

 

Gold Award recipient named State Honoree by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

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Congratulations to Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Emma Albertoni of Arvada! Emma, a senior at Ralston Valley Senior High School, was named one of Colorado’s top youth volunteers of 2017 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. This is a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. As a State Honoree, Emma will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C. She will join top honorees from other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2017.

Emma earned the highest honor in Girl Scouting for her work to improve financial literacy education to ensure that students in her school district and ultimately her entire state are prepared to make sound financial decisions when they graduate. The idea hit Emma one summer when she was working at a summer job, shopping for her first car, and looking at college tuitions. “I was dealing with larger sums of money than ever before and I realized I didn’t know anything about using it wisely,” she said. After discussing with her parents such foreign concepts as credit scores, loans, budgeting and taxes, Emma decided she and her peers needed help.

She began by researching financial education in Colorado and found large gaps. For example, “In Algebra II, students are taught how to calculate interest; what they are not taught is how interest could affect their credit scores or how to figure interest into the cost of a purchase,” she said. Emma discussed her concerns with her principal, who put her in touch with the teacher of her school’s Family Consumer Science class. Emma offered to develop a unit on financial safety online for the class, and then created presentations, videos, discussion outlines, and quizzes to use in the classroom. Next, she persuaded the local school board to strengthen the teaching of financial literacy throughout the district, and she is now working with state legislators on guidelines for educators across the state to follow in teaching students about financial topics.

In 2016, Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Christina Bear of Golden was named a Distinguished Finalist for The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. She received an engraved bronze medallion.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. All public and private middle level and high schools in the country, as well as all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award. These Local Honorees were then reviewed by an independent judging panel, which selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists based on criteria including personal initiative, effort, impact and personal growth.

For information on this year’s Prudential Spirit of Community State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists, visit http://spirit.prudential.com.

 

 

 

 

Apply now for the 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

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The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level.

The program’s goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. Over the past 20 years, more than 115,000 young people have been officially recognized for their volunteer efforts.

Last year, Girl Scout Morgan Hays, a Gold Award recipient from Evergreen, was honored with a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Morgan earned her Gold Award in 2014. We are thrilled to share this again and hope to see more girls share in this prestigious honor.

For details and application, click here.

 

Service Awards for Girl Scouts

It’s the time of year to be honored for your wonderful take action and community service projects at a National level. Below is information about 4 awards. Some have deadlines coming up quickly! Contact highest.awards@gscolorado.org if you have general questions about these awards.

  • Prudential Spirit of Community Awards: This award is for girls who have provided significant community service over the past year. Sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, thousands of Girl Scouts have been recognized for their acts of volunteerism over the past 18 years. Top winners receive sizable cash awards, engraved medallions and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, DC in May 2014. Girls should apply online at http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp/org/spirit. Applications must be submitted online by November 5, 2013. If you have questions or need a paper version of the application, call 877-525-8491. GSCO will select up to 8 girls in grades 5-8 and 1 girl in grades 9-12.
  • Olave Award: Every Triennium the World Board gives this international take action award in honor of the memory of the World Chief Guide, Olave, Lady Baden-Powell to keep alive her believe in the spirit of service. The award is given to Girl Guides/Girl Scouts who have contributed to positive change in the community by taking action. The Take Action Project can be long or short-term, of any size, within their home country or abroad. This triennium, the Olave Award will recognize projects that are focused on improving education for girls and young women around the world. Each council may select one Take Action project that occurred in 2012-2013 GSUSA will select the top take action project submitted to represent our national organization. Please submit the olave-award-nominations-form-2014 to GSCO by October 31: highest.awards@gscolorado.org. Read more:  Olave Award 2012-2014
  • National Young Women of Distinction: National Young Woman of Distinction (NYOWD) is the designation, and special honor, conferred by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) on ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose final projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge that related to a national and/or global issue. Any Girl Scout who completed her Girl Scout Gold Award from May 1, 2012 to March 1, 2014 is eligible to apply to her Girl Scout council or USAGSO for nominee consideration. Each council reviews the applications they receive, and selects up to three nominees. Councils are responsible for submitting their nominations to GSUSA by March 31, 2014 A panel of corporate and community leaders will assist GSUSA in choosing the ten NYWOD from the pool of nominees to be announced next summer. Download more information and the application here: 2014YWODGirlApplicationGuidelines. Watch inspiring videos of girls who received this special honor last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo8HvpJAszs
  • President’s Volunteer Service Award: Awards are given to youth ages 14 and under who have completed 50 or more hours of volunteer service; to individuals 15 and older who have completed 100 or more hours; and to families or groups who have completed 200 or more hours. Lifetime achievement is recognized with a special President’s Call to Service Award, which honors those who have provided more than 4,000 hours of service during the course of their lifetime. Girl Scouts of Colorado is a nominating agency. Applications for this award are ongoing. For more information about the President’s Volunteer Service Award, visit www.presidentialserviceawards.gov.

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!