Wednesday June 22, we will have our Gold Award Centennial Celebration at the Governor’s Mansion in Santa Fe.
Join Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails CEO Peggy Sanchez Mills and CYFD Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson at the Governor’s Mansion in Santa Fe to celebrate these Gold Award Girl Scouts, past and present, who are making the world a better place. RSVP by June 16 online at mgirlscouts.org.
When most people think of Girl Scouts, they likely think of “cookies and camping”—all important components of the Girl Scout experience, of course! But arguably the most impactful part of Girl Scouting is the earning of the Girl Scout Gold Award. Comparable to the Boy Scouts of America’s Eagle Scout, this prestigious award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting and challenges girls ages 14–17 to initiate meaningful, sustainable change locally, nationally, and/or globally through unique “Take Action” projects of their own creation.
This year’s dynamic projects include:
- Delanie Montoya: For the Love of Art
Delanie’s project addressed the loss of art in elementary schools. She worked with elementary school students and teachers at Lydia Rippey Elementary School in Aztec, NM. My using her love of art and her leadership skills, she introduced various art projects to the students. With support from the school, they hope to keep this program sustainable by using high school art students to teach art classes in the future.
- Mary Coleman: OPA! Organization – Preparation – Achievement
Mary used her love of organization as the starting point for her Gold Award project. She recognized that poor organizational skills can easily cripple a person’s academics and can cause stress. To help students become better organized and to help them succeed in school, Mary created a program promoting organizational skills, provided to students at the Aztec High School and Bloomfield High School. OPA will continue to be used at the Aztec High School by students and each teacher has access to it.
- Delaney Heileman: Growing the Future, Mission Ave. Elementary School Garden
Recognizing that students often lack education on where food comes from beyond the grocery store, Delaney designed a school garden to educate students about agriculture through hands-on learning. Mission Ave. teachers enthusiastically have offered to support this garden after Delaney’s project is complete.
Our research confirms the lifetime benefits for girls of earning the Gold Award and the impact it has on their lives. According to The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, a report by the Girl Scout Research Institute, girls who earn the Gold Award display more positive life outcomes than non-Girl Scout alumnae. These outcomes pertain to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement. Other findings from the report include the following:
- Gold Award recipients have had more leadership experiences in volunteer activities (66 percent vs. 37 percent of non-alumnae), school (54 percent vs. 39 percent of non-alumnae), the community (50 percent vs. 26 percent of non-alumnae), and politics (21 percent vs. 8 percent of non-alumnae).
- Gold Award recipients feel they have had success in their lives (95 percent), their education (94 percent), their careers (92 percent), and their financial life (78 percent) because of the unique experiences they had and the skills they developed through Girl Scouting.
- Over ninety percent of Girl Scouts not only attributed their success in life to Girl Scouts—they also said that belonging to Girl Scouts has had a positive impact on their lives and that they could not have had access to the same experiences anywhere else.