GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Kelsey McKenna, Colorado Springs, “Junior Golf Mentorship”
What did you do for your Gold Award project?
In order to spread publicity for nonprofit junior golf organizations, promote the game of golf, and allow for anyone to pursue golf, I organized a junior golf scramble where older high school golfers came as mentors for younger girls to inspire and exemplify leadership to the younger golfers. Also, I raised enough money for the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf association to afford permanent golf clubs and bags, so that girls who cannot afford clubs can still pursue the game of golf. Last of all, I created a junior golf brochure highlighting the best junior golf organizations in the region as well as the tournaments to promote the game of golf.
How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?
I measured the impact my Gold Award made on my target audience by witnessing the enjoyment and admiration the younger girls had for their mentors on the tournament day. Also, through the grateful parents that eagerly took my brochures and were made aware of various junior golf organizations they previously didn’t know existed. Not only this, but my impact was clear when the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Association used their new junior set of golf clubs for the first time at the scramble where a family otherwise wouldn’t have been able to let their children play.
How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?
My project is sustainable in the golf clubs that can be used by the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Association season after season for girls who cannot afford clubs. Additionally, I made a “How to Run a Junior Golf Scramble” guide in order for my tournament to easily be run long after I am out of the picture. Last of all, the organization has my Junior Golf Brochure that promotes the major local organizations and can be passed out to promote the game year after year.
What is your project’s global and/or national connection?
The global link is the fact that in my project I promoted a lifelong game and encouraged these girls to network, make new friends, meet older girls successful at this game pursuing collegiate college golf, and learn about the game while ensuring that every girl has the ability to partake in it regardless of their family income. Also, the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Association is a national organization as well as the First Tee and several other organizations that I promoted through the brochure ensuring that no matter where these junior golfers are taken they will always be able to play the game of golf.
What did you learn about yourself?
I learned so much about networking and organization from this project. I learned that most people want to see you succeed and will help you out and large organizations, like golf courses, are just made up of people who want to set you up for success. I learned that places like Cherokee Ridge and organizations like the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Association will help you out and all you needed to do was ask. I developed the ability to make lists of everything that needs to be done for a major project with lots of moving pieces and successfully bring them all together. Also, I learned to trust in the work that I’d done and not stress out the night before because I had planned it well enough to not worry too much. I learned there is nothing more on the planet that I love to do more than help others out and do something for the benefit of others.
How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?
Earning my Gold Award helps give me the confidence that I can tackle larger tasks and that seemingly impossible projects are doable especially if broken down into smaller steps. This experience will benefit me in the future, because of the lifelong skills I have learned and all the obstacles I was able to overcome to complete this project. Mainly, I know that in the future I will not shy away from a challenge, but am much more able to take on the task and accomplish the goal.
Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?
The Gold Award was not only an important part of my Girl Scout experience, but an essential part of it, because it encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and make an impact. It taught me so much and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to positively impact the world. As a minor, there aren’t many times in your life that you feel you have made an enormous impact on the world, but the Girl Scout Gold Award experience has molded me into the leader I am today and truly helped me make an impact.
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