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Gold Award Girl Scout: Breanna Lewis, Colorado Springs, “Sewing for Humanity”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?  

I taught people how to sew and I also tied it in with a community service project.  This helped them learn the skill of sewing and then since we made pillowcase dresses, we donated the dresses to people who needed them.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience? 

I couldn’t have in-person classes, so I decided to measure my impact on how many people watched the videos I made on YouTube.  I had more than 1,600 views on one of my YouTube videos.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?  

All my videos are on YouTube, so anyone can watch them at any time, and anyone can teach a class on how to make the pillowcase dress or a scrunchie.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection? 

The places that I’m donating the pillowcase dresses to are a church that goes on missionary programs. I’m also sharing my online class guide with Girl Guides in Germany and Italy. I also have videos online that anyone can watch if they have internet access.

What did you learn about yourself? 

I learned that teaching someone how to sew is hard and that you must be adaptable and go with the flow. I learned a lot, but I need to work on my communication skills for how to get the idea across. I also learned how to take charge of things and how to be a better leader.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future? 

I have always known that I want to help other people as a career choice. This is just giving me one step closer to achieving helping other people.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?  

Since I did this my senior year, I feel like it’s just wrapping up Girl Scouts, in general, this is the last year to do everything to get it done. I think this is just the last hoorah of a Girl Scout.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)? 

I feel in a way I became a G. I. R. L. I’m an innovator because nothing went according to plan, so I always had to reinvent my idea to go about it a different way.  I think I’m a risk-taker because I have never taught a class before and it’s a hard thing to accomplish and so just trying to get the idea across was just hard and putting yourself out there is a risk. I also had to be a leader during this project because I had to teach other people and to be able to do that, I had to be a leader and have good communication on how to explain how to do each step of how to make something.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email



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