Hannah’s inspiration for her Girl Scout Gold Award project “Interviewing the Elderly” came from a source close to home: her neighbor Barbara.
“Just a few short years ago, she moved into my neighborhood and soon enough we became best friends!” Hannah said. “I quickly realized that I was the only person who regularly checked up on her and that there are more people in this community who don’t have anybody to check up on them or even just talk to for a while. After getting to know Barbara, I then realized that there is a lot to listen to, and a lot to learn from and that others might need to hear as well.”
Through her project, she says that the impact on the community was also an impact on herself through the friendships she gained.
“I met a lot of new people, listened to their life experiences and stories, and learned a lot of new things,” she said. “My favorite part of [the] project was the kind of stories I heard and the advice I was given. My heart was touched in ways where I cried, and…my eyes were opened to new ideas and new thoughts. There is a lot to learn by listening to people.”
Hannah found the most difficult part of the project was thinking of questions to ask during an interview.
“Once I figured that out through trial and error, I was able to bring my undivided attention to whomever I was interviewing and get the chance to really listen to what each individual person had to say. Through this project, I developed better speaking and listening skills. Both of which are very necessary in life.”
Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians is proud that this project pushed Hannah out of her comfort zone and helped develop communication skills that are useful for a lifetime!
The Gold Award pushes and encourages girls to discover, learn, grow, and make a difference. The impact of this project reaches beyond the girls. Achieving this prestigious award sets up each girl for success in the future with confidence and knowledge, and they’ll be eligible for college scholarships. For more insight on how to get started on the Gold Award, here are the 7 steps involved in the Gold Award project:
1. Identify an issue
2. Investigate it thoroughly
3. Get help and build your team
4. Create a plan
5. Present plan and gather feedback
6. Take Action
7. Educate and Inspire
And finally, we asked Hannah, a nine-year member, to define what Girl Scouts has meant to her.
“Being a Girl Scout means being well rounded. Socially, physically, and mentally. Being a Girl Scout means to be open-minded to any situation that arises in life.”
At Girl Scouts, we believe in developing each girl to be successful and learn life skills. Not only did Hannah positively affect her local community and love on the often-neglected elderly, she came out with valuable life skills and wisdom to be used in all aspects of life.