Local Girl Scout earns Gold Award
From Contributed Reports
Monday, February 5, 2018
Tyasha Arrington of Rocky Mount recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest and most prestigious achievement in Girl Scouting.
Arrington joins generations of young women who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award while making a difference in their communities both locally and globally.
For her Gold Award project, Shoot out Bullying, Arrington created a bullying focus group through which she educated young girls on the problem of bullying and how to stop it. Arrington held her focus group at a local church and gave a presentation on bullying to the girls to make them more aware of the problem and described her own experiences with bullying as an example. She then taught them different ways of addressing the problem and led team building activities to create an atmosphere of inclusion.
Arrington also created an informational brochure on the issue which she distributed at local churches. She hopes her project inspired participants to be kind to everyone and to assist those being bullied.
Arrington is a senior at Rocky Mount High School. She has been in Girl Scouts since 2006 and is in Girl Scout Troop #578 led by Sam Zipko. In addition to Girl Scouting, she is active on her school’s soccer team.
By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, Arrington has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.
“We congratulate Tyasha this remarkable achievement. When a girl ‘Goes Gold,’ she has taken the lead and demonstrated that she possesses the courageous qualities of a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader),” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts-North Carolina Coastal Pines. “The Girl Scout Gold Award shows that one girl, one voice, and one project can have a powerful and lasting impact on the world.”
When compared to non-Girl Scout alumnae, Gold Award Girl Scouts soar when it comes to seeing themselves as a leader, providing service to others through volunteerism, and positive attitudes about themselves and the lives they lead. More generally, over 90 percent of Girl Scouts not only attributed their success in life to Girl Scouts, but they also said they could not have had access to the same experiences anywhere else. Additionally, Gold Award Girl Scouts are more ambitious, placing more emphasis on a successful career, financial security and being a leader — and are more likely to believe they are achieving their ambitions in life.
It’s not only Girl Scouts who understand the value of the Gold Award, which are awarded to fewer than 6 percent of Girl Scouts annually, Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. armed forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements. Additionally, girls are eligible for scholarships provided by Girl Scouts-North Carolina Coastal Pines aimed at providing financial assistance in the pursuit of higher education and leadership opportunities.
Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is no easy feat as a girl demonstrates significant leadership, planning, networking and organizational skills as girls spend, on average, one to two years working to complete her project. Girls must follow the steps of identifying an issue, investigating it thoroughly, getting help and building a team, creating a plan, presenting your plan, gathering feedback, taking action and educating and inspiring others.