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Gold Award Girl Scout starts an inclusion conversation with youth


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St. Louis, MO – September 5, 2018 ─ Erica Ried, a 2017 graduate of Lindbergh High School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Ried exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. Ried was among the 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.

Girl Scouting builds leaders who value diversity and inclusion – leaders like Gold Award Girl Scout Ried. To earn the organization’s most prestigious award, Ried wrote and illustrated a children’s book called “Kay’s New Team.” Through the story of a young woman named Kay and her interactions with her soccer teammates, readers learn the importance of embracing one another’s differences. After producing the book, this G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM donated copies to students at Concord Elementary School.

The Gold Award represents the culmination of more than 80 hours of work on a project that is important to each girl. Approximately one million high-school aged Girl Scouts 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 relative to their 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 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.