St. Louis, MO – January 30, 2018 – Allison Leible, a sophomore at Cor Jesu Academy, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Leible exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea or vision for change into an actionable plan with a measurable and sustainable impact. Leible will be recognized with other Gold Award Girl Scouts during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles on Sunday, June 10, 2018.
Leible has been a committed volunteer at Nurses for Newborns in St. Louis, MO for several years and knew she wanted to continue helping the organization while earning the Gold Award in the process. Leible decided to tackle the donation room and created an organizational system for the collected diapers and baby food. She also designed a pamphlet describing the pros and cons of making baby food which is distributed by the organization.
“Nurses for Newborns receive a lot of donations,” Leible said. “However, they were cramped in one room. I saw an opportunity to create a system increasing the amount of space for donations.”
Leible purchased crates and established a rotation method for restocking diapers, she said she was inspired by industrial rotation systems researched online. Leading her Girl Scout troop, Leible also organized donated baby food by expiration date, adding stickers to the containers making the dates more visible to volunteers.
Upon completing her project, Leible asked volunteers at Nurses for Newborns to fill out a survey. She said the responses have been positive and the organization will continue to implement the new systems she has put in place.
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
Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit girlscoutsem.org/join.