Girl Scouts of Western New York announced Juliann Fullone, of Webster, as a 2018 Gold Award Girl Scout.
Fullone’s project, Blood Drive in Memory of Jack James, collaborated with the American Red Cross, The Jack Foundation and the Pirate Toy Fund. Fullone collected toy donations and assisted with the blood drive and created public interest. The Jack Foundation was created in memory of 3-year-old Jack Heiligman, who passed due to a lawnmower accident in 2016.
“I chose this project because I wanted to find a way to help as many people as possible and a way to honor Jack’s memory. This project impacted the community because with every donation up to three lives are saved,” said Fullone. “With this blood drive, I collected toys for children in need, made cookies and other snacks for participants in the blood drive, as well as spent hours preparing for the blood drive by hanging posters, preparing presentations and making speeches for classes, and meeting with the various organizations.”
“Girl Scouts helped me become a better stronger leader who enjoys helping out the community with the best of my ability,” said Fullone.
Fullone received her Gold Award at the Gold Award Ceremony on June 2. The Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouts.
The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about — in thought, deed and action that encompasses organizational, leadership and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community — whether local or global — and create change that has the potential to be ongoing or sustainable. About 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and to enter the military a full rank higher than her peers.
The Girl Scout Gold Award acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.
The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.
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