GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Sanskriti Saxena, Highlands Ranch, “GyaNidhi Youth Chapter”
What did you do for your Gold Award project?
I founded a youth chapter for a nonprofit organization which works for the cause of underprivileged children around the world. The GyaNidhi Youth Chapter held booths at different local events to spread awareness of the problems that face underprivileged children. At these booths, we passed out pamphlets, talked to the people about the problems, and how they could be solved. At a few events, we gave a speeches or presentations to educate the public further on the rising obstacles that overcome children in India. I also had a demonstration booth at a cultural event, that included Henna, traditional attire and general information on India and how to help Akshaya Patra.
How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?
The impact was measured in terms of the increase in number of volunteers for the organization chosen to be highlighted this year and also in the number of people showing interest to contribute.Through the different events, I was able to reach out to over 3,000 people from very diverse demographics and age groups.
How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?
The leadership position will rotate after time, so that the committee continues to work based on the bylaws prepared for the chapter. I have left bylaws for the GyaNidhi Youth Chapter to continue, starting with my brother as the leadership for this year. The GyaNidhi Youth Chapter will chose an organization to highlight for the year, that works to help people with such obstacles, and support and spread awareness for a year.
What is your project’s global and/or national connection?
GyaNidhi Foundation focuses on different local and international organizations each year. This year, we chose Akshaya Patra, which is based in India. Akshaya Patra provides a midday meal to children in rural schools of India.The organizations that are chosen in later years can focus on different countries or different poverty-related issues.
What did you learn about yourself?
I found the leader in me by working on this project. I had several presentations and different types of events to diversify the audience I was talking to. This required me to start from scratch and build a team and be able to retain it through whole execution. I was able to do it successfully.
How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?
Personally, I feel that I have just matured in many aspects. I developed a stronger sense of self, healthy relationships, and critical thinking. It will help me in my professional life also as achieving the highest status of Gold Award will always stay with me and on my resume.
Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?
The outcomes of Girls Scouts is defined by Discover, Connect, and Take Action to become a leader. Through this project of mine, I discovered a problem, connected with people to make them aware about it, and took action to spread the awareness. I built a long lasting impression.
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