According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s (GSRI) report, The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients receive greater lifetime benefits than their peers with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement thanks to their experience in Girl Scouting, including earning their Gold Award.
Shumaila Lakhani, a junior at Clements High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. The award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete. Less than five percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.
To earn the award, Lakhani contacted Fort Bend Promise, a local area shelter, to see if she could help them. Lakhani built drawers, cleaned and organized five storage spaces and developed a filing system for later use.
“At home I would work on the drawers and at the shelter I would spend hours organizing the files into different sections with labels as well as the storage spaces,” said Lakhani. “My goal was to provide a long-term organization solution for the shelter.”
With assistance from approximately 10 volunteers, Lakhani was able to create a better organization system for the shelter.
“They had a hard time being able to keep all their stuff organized so I helped provide them with more space and organized the space they already had,” said Lakhani.
Through earning her Gold Award, Lakhani was able to build on the leadership skills that she has learned as a Girl Scout. She also learned the importance of encouragement and how to support her team to complete a goal.
“I have been a Girl Scout since I was five years old and I wanted to be able to accomplish the highest award in Girl Scouts,” said Lakhani. “I knew that achieving the Gold Award would really help me make an impact on the community.”
To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, which turns 100 in 2016, visit www.girlscouts.org.