On January 19th, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro joined Girl Scouts of Connecticut in kicking off the celebration of 100 Years of Changing the World–the Gold Award Centennial. Congresswoman DeLauro will be the organization’s spokesperson for the year-long celebration.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn in Girl Scouting. Starting in 1916, women across the country undertook projects that improved their communities—and the world. With each Gold Award Project, girls address an issue they see in their community and create a project that will make a sustainable impact and make the world a better place. The Gold Award process builds girls’ personal leadership skills and inspires others to take action within their communities.
“The combination of leadership development, career exploration, self-improvement, and community service that a Girl Scout undertakes with the Gold Award is remarkable and the award truly deserves celebration,” said Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. “When a girl identifies a community issue she cares about, investigates it, and creates a plan of action, she becomes an engaged public citizen. And when she takes action in her community and educates others, she sets off a spark of inspiration that affects everyone around her. These young women are exemplary and our community is better because of their incredible work.”
The press conference included two Girl Scouts who shared their stories about earning their Gold Award. Girl Scout Jenelle Grant from Milford and Girl Scout Helen Ruckes from Orange talked about their Gold Award Projects and what earning their Gold Award did for them.
“Earning my Gold Award was worth it,” said Girl Scout Helen. “I have learned how to be a public speaker, time management, how to be a leader, and so much more. It is the best thing I’ve done as a Girl Scout.”
“Earning the Gold Award is a remarkable feat–only 6% of Girl Scouts earn this achievement,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “It’s wonderful to have Congresswoman DeLauro, who is a fierce advocate for women and girls, as our spokesperson and joining us as we celebrate girls who are constantly building courage, confidence, and character, and working hard to take action and make the world a better place.”
To learn more about the Gold Award, please visit gsofct.org/pages/goldaward.php.