Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Anne Martens, Monument, “Passion for Pits”
Anne Martens Monument Lewis Palmer High School Passion for Pits
What did you do for your Gold Award project?
For my Gold Award project I promoted education of Pit Bulls through the internet and presentations. Also I assisted a Pit Bull Rescue site by building new dog shelters and donating needed supplies.
Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?
Pit Bulls have a personal connection to me because I have a rescue dog. When I take him out I see that people are judging him based on his breed. I did this Gold Award project to help correct this misconception people have and help Pit Bulls in need.
How did your Gold Award project make a difference?
My project made a strong impact on the lives of Pit Bulls. By educating people on this breed, I corrected myths and shared facts. When people have actuate information about Pit Bulls they are able to accept these dogs for the loving animals they are. In addition, by helping the rescue shelter I was able to better the lives of the dogs at the shelter. A large piece of my project was education and knowledge continues forever.
What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?
The topic I chose was a controversial subject in society today. A main skill I learned was how to approach people and how to share my ideas in a positive way. I was blessed to have encountered people with open hearts and minds. Perseverance was key to help me realize and complete my goals.
What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?
The strongest memory I will take away from this experience was when I went to the shelter to deliver the supplies and houses. I will never forget the dogs that were there. Having an opportunity to do this type of work at a shelter helped me to understand that I can do this type work for the rest of my life. Every person can make a difference.
How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?
I have a great sense of accomplishment from completing my project. By knowing the magnitude of my project and the fact that I did it at 16 years old, I have realized the great potential I possess. This will help me in the future because it taught me that I am a strong young lady and am capable of anything I put my mind to.
Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?
Having an opportunity to do an individualized project allowed me to grow personally in so many ways. My project also connected me with my community, and people were very supportive of this project. I feel that two main principles taught by Girl Scouts are leadership and community service. My project allowed me to grow in both of these areas. This was a mission that came from my heart.