Girl Scouts of Western New York announced Melanie Issac, of Rochester, as a 2018 Gold Award Girl Scout.
Isaac’s project was titled “A Rec Room Refurbish at Crestwood Children’s Center.”
“I worked directly with Crestwood Children’s Center in an effort to refurnish their recreational room. I collaborated with Saint Kateri Parish, along with Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, for donations of tabletop games, furniture, books and larger items such as a pool and ping pong table. I chose this project because the residents of Crestwood are the forgotten children of society some of whom have been cast out by their own parents, and I wanted to give them a bit of light in their lives as they grow into adults,” said Isaac.
Isaac provided Crestwood with can and bottle donations, plus inkjet donations, to get money for other items that residents might want to request for the room.
“The largest impact was felt within the Crestwood Center as teachers reported back that students are now able to have much more down time with the room thus behavior issues within the classroom have slowly decreased,” said Isaac.
“Girl Scouts has made a major difference in my life as I have found lifelong friends, confidence, and leadership skills. Furthermore, my ability to handle a packed schedule while also achieving my goals has greatly increased due to the sense of responsibility I have gained from Girl Scouts,” said Isaac.
Isaac 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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