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Gold Award Girl Scout: MariAnna Smith, Berthoud, “The Bullying Box”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

After asking my old middle school counselor what I could do to help the bullying issue in the school, I decided to put in a few question boxes. I placed one in each of the grade hallways so students could have a safe and anonymous method of asking questions and reporting bullying. Questions are answered on the student produced news show.

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

I went in to the school once a week so I could count how many questions were asked and what type they were.

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

The principal and counselor have agreed to continue this project in the coming years. They will become responsible for the maintenance of the boxes, as well as going through the questions.

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

This project is connected to bullying, as well as self confidence. These boxes will help shy students build up their confidence enough to ask questions in classes, and of their peers.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned how to be confident in my choices and decisions through all projects that I lead.

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

Earning my Gold Award will help me get jobs in the future, and help me take action when I see an issue I want to fix.

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

Getting the Gold Award is my greatest Girl Scout-related accomplishment. When looking back upon what I did as a Girl Scout when I’m older, I’m certain I will think about my Gold Award first.

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

I had a hard time taking the risk of reaching out to the school in the first place. I was also nervous to accept the risk of rejection when I presented to the council at the beginning of this project. In that way, I improved my risk taking capabilities.

**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 highestawards@gscolorado.org

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