Girl Scouts Heart of Central California (GSHCC) honored three local students who have earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award at the organization’s Girls Who Inspire ceremony.
The highest award in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award requires girls to take action in a sustainable way by identifying issues in their communities or the world and working to resolve them for future generations.
The local recipients of this honor include Alexsia Aguilar, Athena Aguilar, and Emily Smoot of Yuba City.
Alexsia worked with the City of Yuba City, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and the other clubs in her community to develop a safe and welcoming space for the non-profit clubs in my community to hold meetings. Her goal was to create this place to encourage more children and adults in her community to become involved as a result “Our Home Girl Scout Room.”
The issue Athena addressed was the lack of variety in the activities that the children in the Able Riders program can participate in as well as the Able Riders program being unknown by many members of the community. She created five new obstacles for the horses to go through while the children ride the horses during their lessons. She also created a brochure and a flyer that included all the information a person needs to know about the Able Riders program and delivered them throughout the community.
Emily addressed the issue of lack of literacy among youth in her community. The impact she hoped to make was to promote literacy to the youth by reading books and/or reading via technology. She addressed this by having a read-a-thon at a local school to get the word out about her project and to inform as many children and adults about the importance of reading.
Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is a powerful and transformative experience that could entitle girls to college scholarships or an advanced rank when entering the military.