St. Louis, MO – March 30, 2020 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is pleased to announce Ashley Early, a graduate of Francis Howell Central High School, has recently earned the mark of the truly remarkable – the Girl Scout Gold Award. This young change-maker demonstrated extraordinary leadership through a measurable and sustainable community service project.
Approximately 160 million people are affected by a natural disaster every year, according to the World Health Organization. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a Federal Emergency Management Agency program that educates and certifies volunteers as a citizen responder in the event of a natural disaster. As a member of the CERT organization, Early recognized many individuals were challenged by the extensive, time-consuming training. Early knew that having a plan can reduce the anxiety and loss during a disaster, so she created a website outlining emergency procedures.
To earn her Gold Award, Early researched and identified eight frequent natural disasters: tornados, earthquakes, wildfires, hurricanes, floods, winter storms, thunderstorms and extreme heat. She then built her website, Prevent the Unthinkable, providing comprehensive information on each hazard, detailing how they occur as well as how to stay safe during the emergency. She also created a thorough list of necessary items to keep in a disaster kit and questions families should consider when making their plan. Early, along with her project advisor, will continue to maintain and update the website.
The Gold Award is earned by a high-school-aged Girl Scout who has dedicated on average more than 80 hours to address an issue she’s passionate about in a way that produces meaningful and permanent change. Whether it’s on a local, national or global level, Gold Award Girl Scouts, like Early, provide innovative solutions to pressing and relevant challenges.
Gold Award Girl Scouts don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good. On a national level, Girl Scouts have answered the call to drive lasting, impactful change in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), legislation and education. 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.