This post is sponsored by the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
As a high school English teacher, I love helping students learn and strive for their best possible future. One way that high school girls can achieve excellence is by joining the Girl Scouts of the USA.
Research shows that Girl Scouts are more likely than non–Girl Scouts to achieve academic excellence. When it comes to teamwork, hands-on learning and reflection, and decision making, Girl Scouts will overachieve.
One of the highest honors Girl Scouts can earn is the Gold Award. The 2019 10 National Gold Award Girl Scouts are remarkable girls who are making a positive impact in their communities and in the world. These girls are exemplary role models for our students. And while there are ten girls who earn the honor of the National Gold Award Girl Scout, any high school Girl Scout can earn their Gold Award. Furthermore, any girl in high school may join Girl Scouting for the first time and still be eligible to become a Gold Award Girl Scout. This is truly a remarkable opportunity for our current students.
Being a Gold Award Girl Scout makes girls ideal candidates for college scholarships and admissions. As teachers, there are many ways that we can help the girls in our classrooms. One way to help girls in our class is by checking out the Gold Award Educator Page.
The Gold Award is the most highly regarded award in the world for girls. It’s the mark of the truly remarkable—proof that a girl can not only make a difference, but she already has. It’s a distinction that can open a girl’s world to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college, and fantastic career opportunities. To earn this unique award, Girl Scouts tackle issues dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond.
For example, Isabella wrote a directed a play that brings about awareness of the violence against Native America women. Phoebe founded and is now the editor of a digital literary magazine, Glitterary, that is both for and by LGBTQ+ youth. Ana worked to create an ethnic studies curriculum at her school to help use education to fight against racism. You can learn more about all ten of the 2019 National Gold Award Girl Scouts by visiting the 2019 National Gold Award Girl Scouts page.
To help demonstrate how valuable the program and Gold Award is, Girl Scouts published a report that details the excellence in leadership and life that the Gold Award provides.
As a high school teacher, I love how Girl Scouts programming meets state and national curriculum standards, and educators can look up how Badges and Journey series correlate to in-classroom learning. Girl Scouts teaches content and skills to girls such as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); entrepreneurship; life skills; financial literacy; and outdoor experiences—in the safe, all-girl environment of a Girl Scout troop, where they can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and feel comfortable failing, dusting themselves off, and trying again!