St. Louis, MO – Nov. 28, 2017 – Rea Bedalli, a 2015 Kirkwood High School graduate and Webster University sophomore, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. In earning the Gold Award, Bedalli demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. Bedalli was among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University this past summer.
Bedalli said her Gold Award project was inspired by her own family’s experience. After living in the United States for 17 years, her parents took the citizenship test as she was creating learning aids for the Immigrant & Refugee Women’s Program. These learning aids were provided to the organization’s volunteer teachers who spend time instructing speaking, reading and writing English in a one-on-one environment with women.
“I focused on auditory, visual and tactical learning styles,” Bedalli said. “A lot of the women who go to the Immigrant & Refugee Program typically haven’t had a lot of education in their home countries. So, then coming here and only being given flashcards to learn kind of more complicated things like how our judicial system works and things that they need to know for the citizenship test, it takes a long time for them to understand and that impacts their confidence a lot.”
Bedalli said she continually made changes to her study materials after receiving feedback from peers and surveys. The study materials are available for tutors and students to use through Quizlet, an online learning tool. Volunteers at the Immigrant & Refugee Women’s Program will ensure the material stays up-to-date.
The Girl Scout Gold Award requires determination, communication, time management and a desire to make a difference. This distinguished award challenges girls to change the world and solve a community issue. The process requires at least 80 hours of service and often spans months or even years.
Less than one percent of all Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award, putting them among an exceptional group of women who have used their knowledge and leadership skills to make a difference in the world. Some of the Gold Award Girl Scout benefits are:
- Immediately rising one rank when enlisting in the US Armed Forces
- Earning scholarships from colleges and universities
- Recognition from many government and non-profit organizations
- Certificates and letters from Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, United States Navy and the South St. Louis Marine Corps League Auxiliary
- Receiving a Sacagawea Gold Dollar from the United States Mint