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EP 63 Girl Scout Adult Recognition Awards

Hearts Of Gold - Reflections from Gold Award Girl Scouts

Release Date: 07/01/2021

Ep 55 replay: Abby Burden - Be Smart, Not Mean Behind the Screen: Educating 6th graders About Cyberbullying Girl Scout Gold Award Project show art Ep 55 replay: Abby Burden - Be Smart, Not Mean Behind the Screen: Educating 6th graders About Cyberbullying Girl Scout Gold Award Project

Hearts Of Gold - Reflections from Gold Award Girl Scouts

In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month we are replaying episode 55.   Full transcription available at Abby created a cyberbullying education packet. She was a member of USA Girl Scouts Overseas, attending high school in Singapore and is now a member of the USA Girl Scouts Overseas Gold Award Committee. More about Abby: I have been involved with Girl Scouts for 13 years as a girl member and now as an Adult Member, I am on the Gold Award committee for overseas. Throughout my time in middle school, I was a victim of cyberbullying. I never want anyone to go through what I went...

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Ep 70 Ephemia Nicolakis - EcoOrthodox Girl Scout Gold Award Project show art Ep 70 Ephemia Nicolakis - EcoOrthodox Girl Scout Gold Award Project

Hearts Of Gold - Reflections from Gold Award Girl Scouts

Full transcription available at Ephemia created Eco Orthodox to encourage her church to reduce the use of plastics and find more eco friendly options. Ephemia Nicolakis is a second year student at Quinnipiac University in their 3+1 accelerated dual degree program double majoring in Graphic Design and Public Relations. She currently works as a Digital Platforms Assistant for Quinnipiac University’s department of Integrated Marketing Communication, and is also the Social Media Manager for the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. A new on-campus organization she recently joined...

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E 69 Gitka Gorthi - Ignited Thinkers Girl Scout Gold Award Project show art E 69 Gitka Gorthi - Ignited Thinkers Girl Scout Gold Award Project

Hearts Of Gold - Reflections from Gold Award Girl Scouts

Full transcription available at Gitka connected with partners to expand her existing platform and row it to a new level, encouraging rocketry activities for younger students. Gitika Gorthi is a senior attending Chantilly High School and is the Founder and CEO of the non-profit organization IgnitedThinkers. Gitika founded IgnitedThinkers in the 8th-grade to spread space education to all. She is an aspiring aerospace physician and astronaut. Gitika has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten and it has greatly equipped her with the tools to be a strong leader in her community. Gitika has...

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68 Megan Burke - Hushabye Nursery Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Girl Scout Gold Award Project show art 68 Megan Burke - Hushabye Nursery Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Girl Scout Gold Award Project

Hearts Of Gold - Reflections from Gold Award Girl Scouts

Full transcription available at Megan created a storage area and a drive to stock the space with items needed for babies in the nursery with withdrawals from opioids. Megan has been a girl scout since Kindergarten. She is currently in the 10th grade. She has completed her Bronze and Silver awards. Megan is currently on the service team for her chapter counsel as a girl member. Megan has lots of interests outside of school. You will always see Megan in a theater production of competing in speech and debate. Her area she competes in is Original Oratory. Last year she spoke about perfectionism....

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Ep 67 Tatiana Torres - Calm4you Girl Scout Gold Award Project show art Ep 67 Tatiana Torres - Calm4you Girl Scout Gold Award Project

Hearts Of Gold - Reflections from Gold Award Girl Scouts

Full transcription available at Tatiana created a website sharing coping tools to improve mental health. More about Tatiana: Hi my name is Tatiana Torres and I am currently in 12th grade ! I have been doing Girl Scouts for a long time, ever since Kindergarten. I was with Troop 32204 from Kindergarten to 8th grade, then went on to join Troop 31862 from 9th to now. I started my Gold Award in the beginning of Junior year and I completed my Gold Award at the end of Junior year. I was super excited to have an outlet to show what I am passionate about. Having a brain injury during my teen years...

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Ep 66  Sabrina Richard - Speech for Success, Women’s Words Matter Girl Scout Gold Award Project show art Ep 66 Sabrina Richard - Speech for Success, Women’s Words Matter Girl Scout Gold Award Project

Hearts Of Gold - Reflections from Gold Award Girl Scouts

Full transcription available at Sabrina created a girl's only speech and debate event. She has also been on the Food Network. More about Sabrina: I’m Sabrina Richard I have been a Girl Scout for 12 years. I have competed on the Food Network as a kid chef from 2015-2018, but I couldn’t have done it without the skills I learned from Girl Scouts. I am a super-seller Girl Scout, having sold about 15,000-lifetime boxes of Girl Scout cookies. I am also a 2021 Gold Award Recipient with my project Women’s Words Matter: Speech for Success. I am currently a senior at Westfield High School where I...

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Ep 65 Madalyn Nguyen - STEM Diversity Girl Scout Gold Award Project show art Ep 65 Madalyn Nguyen - STEM Diversity Girl Scout Gold Award Project

Hearts Of Gold - Reflections from Gold Award Girl Scouts

Full transcription available at Madalyn championed STEM Diversity by addressing girls’ underrepresentation and minorities in STEM. More about Madalyn: Madalyn Nguyen, a rising senior at Poway High School (PHS) Engineering Academy, is a STEM enthusiast, FIRST Robotics fanatic, and aspiring engineer or computer scientist. Getting a Mindstorm Robot in 5th grade ignited her love for robotics and desire to join every FIRST Robotics program possible: FIRST Lego League (6th grade), FIRST Tech Challenge & SWENext (7th grade) and FIRST Robotics Competition-Team Spyder (experienced/motivated 8th...

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Ep 64 Nadia Gonzales - Yanaguana’s Fiesta Fun Girl Scout Gold Award Project show art Ep 64 Nadia Gonzales - Yanaguana’s Fiesta Fun Girl Scout Gold Award Project

Hearts Of Gold - Reflections from Gold Award Girl Scouts

Full transcription available at Nadia wrote a book and created a game to showcase the Yanaguana Fiesta especially for patients at the hospital that overlooks the park when many Fiesta activities are held. More about Nadia: I am Nadia Gonzales and I have been a Girl Scout for thirteen years during which I have attended various community service events such as cleaning up after the Battle of Flowers Parade for keeping San Antonio Beautiful. Two years ago I decided that I wanted to complete a Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. As a native San Antonian, I...

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EP 63 Girl Scout Adult Recognition Awards show art EP 63 Girl Scout Adult Recognition Awards

Hearts Of Gold - Reflections from Gold Award Girl Scouts

Full transcription available at Sharing about the different adult recognitions offered by Girl Scouts. Receiving the Thanks Badge II this week was a huge honor for me. However, I realized that so many people do not understand the Girl Scout Adult Recognitions that are available. AS a member of out council's Adult Recognition Committee, the biggest effort we make is educating about the awards and encouraging others to nominate volunteers. Our council has worked to make the nomination process as simple as possible and we were able to grow the number of nominations received, but I know other...

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EP 62 Katryna Dionisio - Music Walls Girl Scout Gold Award Project show art EP 62 Katryna Dionisio - Music Walls Girl Scout Gold Award Project

Hearts Of Gold - Reflections from Gold Award Girl Scouts

Full transcription available at Katryna installed two music walls at Wild Rose Elementary for kids with special needs. More about Katryna : My name is Katryna Dionisio and I am from California. I have been a Girl Scout since the 2nd grade, so 11 years. I originally joined to do fun activities with my friends but as I got older, it became so much more than that. I learned leadership skills and ways to make my community a better place. Through Girl Scouts, my passion for serving others grew and is something very important to me today. During high school, I was involved in other service outreach...

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Sharing about the different adult recognitions offered by Girl Scouts.

Receiving the Thanks Badge II this week was a huge honor for me. However, I realized that so many people do not understand the Girl Scout Adult Recognitions that are available. AS a member of out council's Adult Recognition Committee, the biggest effort we make is educating about the awards and encouraging others to nominate volunteers. Our council has worked to make the nomination process as simple as possible and we were able to grow the number of nominations received, but I know other councils receive so many nominations that the bulk of the work is reviewing and nominations to select those to recognize each year.

The GSUSA awards include:

Volunteer of Excellence: any volunteer working with girls

Appreciation Pin: Volunteer contributing to a geographic area - this may mean a community or service unit, more than a single troop

Honor Pin: Volunteer contributing to two or more geographic areas, similar to the appreciation pin, but serving a larger area

Thanks Badge: Volunteer contributing to the entire council or movement with Thanks Badge II for someone that has received the Thanks Badge and continues to expand their work

President's Award: This award is for a group. At our council, this is often given to a group that creates a new girl experience.

GSUSA Adult Award Description and Criteria (girlscoutshs.org)

Councils often have special recognitions. Make sure to check out your council's website to find out what their process is and what other recognitions may be available.

I encourage everyone to consider nominating someone that has done something that has caught your attention. When nominating, my strongest suggestion is to make sure to share a personal story and share how the actions are above and beyond. Help the reviewers get to know the nominee's personality and the special work they do which deserves the recognition. All volunteers are important and likely deserve recognition. Encourage others, especially the girls, to nominate those you identify too. Multiple stories help strengthen the nomination and help your volunteer rise to the top of the process. The nomination process for the girls could be wrapped into a badge work or journey related to story telling or writing.

For my nomination, this show, along with the speaking engagements I have been doing to promote the Gold Award were some of the basis for my nomination. Feedback from the girls on the impact the show had on them supported the nomination.

Here is a link to a document on how to write a strong nomination: Adult Award Nomination and Endorsement Letter Examples V2.pdf (gsofsi.org)

Ideas for nominations:

Instead of 'she is a great cookie coordinator', share a story of how her cookie organizational skills helped girls step beyond their goals or what unique spin they put on cookie sales. For their cookie booth, they had the girls create a recipe cards using Girl Scout cookies the girls then gave to people as they walked into the grocery store. The sales at the cookie booth were double from the year before at the same location.

Instead of "they put on a great day camp", have the girls share how the day camp theme impacted them to achieve something else on a related topic; or how they got six businesses in town to participate in the day camp; or how they expanded the day camp from a community event to a regional event. This example is a great opportunity to use numbers in you story. Last year this day camp had 30 girls attend, by meeting with six local businesses to gain additional support and getting the day camp flyers out two months earlier than normal and including all the schools in the county, this year's day camp served 120 girls.

Don't forget the behind the scenes volunteers. Those that support your troop, service unit, or take action projects. XYZ farm assisted with connecting us to different women in the farming industry to create an event where 8 different careers were represented and girls had the opportunity to tour the working farm. We were able to open the event up to the entire county and had 50 girls attend. Plans are already underway to expand next year and offer the event council wide.

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