St. Louis, MO – July 3, 2018 – Aubrie Hart, a graduate from Park Hills Central High School in Park Hills, MO, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Hart exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea or vision for change into an actionable plan with a measurable and sustainable impact. Hart was recognized with other Gold Award Girl Scouts during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.
For Hart, organizing self-defense training was much more than just learning how to neutralize attacks from an assailant—it was an opportunity for young women to empower themselves. To earn the award, Hart partnered with local law enforcement to address topics like drinking and driving; texting and driving; Internet safety and self-defense to an audience of a dozen high-school aged girls. To make sure her community also had an opportunity to learn this information, Hart organized a safety fair at her high school. Among the vendors Hart invited to the fair were Teen CERT representatives who taught CPR to interested individuals.
“I didn’t know how to protect myself before I participated in a self-defense class through Girl Scouts,” Hart said. “I saw an opportunity to share what I learned with other young women because safety is universal.”
Hart’s Girl Scout Gold Award project will have a lasting impact on her community as staff members at a local senior center were inspired by her safety fair and are now hosting their own. The stacks of Child ID kits available at her safety fair were distributed to a local daycare. Thanks to this G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)TM, the daycare is now prepared in case they need to aid law enforcement in search for a missing child.
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the culmination of more than 80 hours of work on a project. Approximately one million Girl Scouts in ninth through 12th grade have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award or its equivalent since 1916.
A young woman who has earned the Gold Award is a community leader. Gold Award Girl Scouts report a more positive sense of self, are more engaged civically and in community service, have more confidence in their leadership abilities, and experience greater life satisfaction and success than non-Gold Award peers. Some of the benefits of becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout 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
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.