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National Young Women of Distinction Week: Day 2!

Jun 19, 2013

Gold Award page on girlscouts.orgMeet our National Young Women of Distinction—10 Seniors who earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. To earn this highest award in Girl Scouting, each girl completed requirements that led to an outstanding Take Action project. Every day this week on our For Girls blog, we will introduce you to these smart, spirited leaders. Here, read about Addison, Nicole, and Brianna, inspiring activists who addressed bullying and self-esteem issues in significant ways:

Addison, of Madison, is with Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland. Inspired by her own struggles with depression, Addison’s Gold Award project is S.A.D. Out Loud: A Fight Against Ignorance. Her goal: to raise awareness about teens who are dealing with anxiety and depression, and break the stigma surrounding mental illness so teens get treatment. Breaking the silence has transformed Addison. “I have the courage to live life,” she says. “I have the courage to face every day and work through what I’ve been given. And the amazing thing about the Girl Scout Gold Award project was that it gave me a platform to find my leadership and the confidence within myself, because it was always there.” Click here to watch Addison’s video and here to see her acceptance speech.

Nicole, of Montgomery, is with Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey. Disturbed by incidents of teen dating violence, Nicole championed the state legislature to pass a law mandating safe-dating education in New Jersey schools. “If we’re able to prevent abuse from a younger age, then we’re able to prevent it for those same people later in life,” Nicole says. “After doing the Gold Award, I was able to recognize that I could make a difference with something that I really cared about.” Click here to watch Nicole’s video and here to see her acceptance speech.

Brianna, of Pavilion, is with Girl Scouts of Spirit of Nebraska. Brianna’s Gold Award project is All About Puppets. Brianna paired with the Completely Kids organization, an Omaha nonprofit, to donate her puppet theater, scripts—and all-puppet cast!—to their Creation Station, providing cordless, battery-free, creative fun for community children. “I think the Gold Award is a really big honor,” Brianna says. “I’ve really improved in leadership. Now, I take charge, move out, and I get things done.” Click here to watch Brianna’s video and here to see her acceptance speech.