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2005 Young Women of Distinction
Gold Award Recipients
Karen, Gettysburg, Pa.
Penn Laurel Girl Scout Council
Karen educated the community, teachers and students about the challenges faced by people with physical and learning disabilities by using disability simulation exercises during her presentations.
Francesca, Chesapeake, Ohio
Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council
Francesca created a film entitled "On The River's Edge, a Documentary on the Homeless" to raise public awareness of this issue in her community.
Chelsea, Fountain Inn, S.C.
Girl Scouts of the Old 96 Council
Chelsea wrote and published an informative booklet for the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Center at Greenville Hospital to help teens who are patients there understand what to expect during their treatment.
Laura, Hesston, Kans.
Girl Scouts of Golden Plains Council
Laura created Share the Harvest, to encourage local gardeners to bring their extra fresh garden produce to share with those in need at the Hesston Resource Center's Food Bank.
Kristen, Tulsa, Okla.
Girl Scouts of Magic Empire Council
Kristen created a middle school tutoring program in Oklahoma that focuses on the Hispanic community of Tulsa. The San Miguel Middle School Tutoring Program has become an ongoing community service project in her high school.
Emily, Spring, Texas
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
Emily created "Recycle for Life" an Organ Donor Awareness program that emphasized the importance of recycling the human body so that others might live.
Heather, Anchorage, Alaska
Girl Scouts Susitna Council
Heather created the Alaska Conservation Volunteer Directory. The Web site was designed to bring volunteers and conservation organizations together.
Laura, Severna Park, Md.
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
Laura developed a series of workshops to help minority parents establish positive partnerships with school teachers, counselors and principals to ensure student success.
Ayanas, Carson, Calif.
Christine, Gardena, Calif.
(Completed project together)
Girl Scout Council of Greater Long Beach
Ayana and Christine conducted violence-prevention peace camps for children at the Roy Campanella and Salvation Army summer day camp sites in Compton Calif. The workshops addressed issues of bullying, problem solving, and self-esteem.
(Completed project together)
Girl Scouts Treasure Trails Council
Natalie and Katie created a Snoezelen Room for the Sidney Health Center Extended Care Facility in Sidney, Mont. The Snoezelen Room is a multisensory environment used for therapeutic purposes to either stimulate or calm a patient.
Emily, Fairfax, Va.
Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital
Emily hosted "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" at a middle school in her community to address the growing need for girls to become involved in science and math at an early age.
Lipica, Clarksburg, N.J.
Monmouth Council of Girl Scouts
Lipica created Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Everyday), a disaster supply center to benefit the township of Millstone and the surrounding communities.
Rebecca, Mt. Carmel, Ill.
Girl Scouts of Shagbark Council
Rebecca held "Home Fix-up Days" in her community, coordinating and recruiting volunteers to make minor repairs to homes of people who were unable to do so themselves for physical or economic reasons.
Bonnie, Turtletown, Tenn.
Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia
Bonnie organized the renovation of a 600-person outdoor amphitheater that had become overgrown and untended, and got local talent and bands to participate in an inaugural ceremony and concert.
Cristina, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Caribe Girl Scout Council
Cristina started a tutoring program for first- and second-grade students at the "Asamblea Familiar Virgilio Dávila" Center, which provides activities for children who live in the public housing unit next door.
Anna, Denver, Colo.
Girl Scouts–Mile Hi Council
Anna helped Indian orphanage nurseries in critical need of basic supplies to care of babies, and with her volunteers personally delivered the supplies to orphanages in India.
Lisa, Burnsville, Minn.
Greater Minneapolis Girl Scout Council
Lisa created an in-depth program to increase awareness in her community of the effects of ground-level ozone. Her multifaceted program included a solar-powered outdoor concert.
Amy, Austin, Texas
Girl Scouts–Lone Star Council
Amy made "Freddie Frog Bean Bags," developmental positioning devices for premature infants in Seton Medical Center's Neonatal ICU. The bean bags help the infants improve oxygenation, decrease crying and keep the blood pressure stable.
Alexandra, Lawrenceville, N.J.
Girl Scouts of Delaware-Raritan
Alexandra created a nature center in her township by converting an old garage into a facility for the community to visit and learn about nature.
Patricia, Rome, Italy
USAGSO – North Atlantic (Germany)
Patricia created a calendar of events and implemented celebrations for the local social services center, which maintains a live-in facility for autistic and Down syndrome adults in La Maddalena, Italy.
Dainielle, Florissant, Mo. (Not pictured)
Girl Scout Council of Greater St. Louis
Dainielle founded a women's group, The Respected Women's Society, at her high school to foster respect and provide a forum for girls to speak out on important issues like academics, conflict resolution, diversity, and self-respect.
Adapted from LEADER, Spring 2006. © Girl Scouts of the United States of America.