Earlier this month, Girl Scouts of West Central Florida honored 31 bright young ladies with the highest and most prestigious achievement in Girl Scouting – the Girl Scout Gold Award! This year is extra special because it is the Girl Scout Gold Award Centennial! That means, Girl Scouts, just like you, have been Taking Action in their communities for 100 years to earn this high honor.
What is the Gold Award? Each year, we recognize girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable projects, marking them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.
Today, we are highlighting a few of our amazing Gold Award honorees whose projects had a medical focus. These young ladies gained real world experience while conducting their projects that will set them up for future success!
Kaitlyn J., Riverview
Kaitlyn discovered that children in the hospital do not have many activities available for them. She wanted to create something that would keep children preoccupied and help make their treatments seem less scary. With the help of the Tampa General Hospital and Riverview High School Comic Book Club, she developed a hospital book entitled Sharkie the Cancer Eating Shark. Children are able to read and color the book and it is available in English and Spanish. Kaitlyn is a senior at Riverview High School and plans to major in computer science at the University of South Florida.
Mara B., St. Petersburg
Mara aspired to impact global change by addressing the issue of high infant mortality rates in Africa due by creating The Afaya Mtoto Project. Throughout her project, she raised awareness and advocated for assistance for maternal waiting homes which provide valuable resources to pregnant woman in developing countries. Through “baby showers,” Mara was able to collect necessary resources such as water filters, mosquito nets, and cloth diapers to send to Africa. She also donated additional items to a local nonprofit which serves the needs of low income mothers in Pinellas County. Mara is a senior at Lakewood High School and dreams of working for Doctors without Borders.
Amy H., Summerfield
Amy was diagnosed with Asthma at the age of five-years-old and set out to increase public awareness of the respiratory disease with her project Breathe Easy. Amy conducted presentations throughout her town to educate students on the disease and created an informative video that has been shared on social media. Her project will be sustained by Marion County 4H and continue to educate students in the future. Amy is a senior at Belleview High School.
Samantha S., Clearwater
As a lifelong swimmer in Florida, Samantha understands the importance of protecting your skin from harmful sun rays. For her project, Skin Cancer Awareness, Samantha worked with her dermatologist to educate youth on the dangers of skin cancer and the importance of proper sunscreen application. She developed an informative video and brochures that were included in the health education curriculum at Eckerd Youth Alternatives and shared with local swimmers and beachgoers. Samantha is a junior at Countryside High School and plans to major in criminology in college.
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