Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan is pleased to honor Isabella…
Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan is pleased to honor Nisha with the most prestigious award in the world for girls: the Girl Scout Gold Award. Nisha is among 13 young women who have made a difference in each of their respective communities through sustainable, community change projects. Due to her extraordinary leadership, Nisha has also earned the title of GSSEM’s Young Woman of Distinction, granting her a $3000 scholarship to further her education.
The Gold Award is Girl Scout’s highest honor and girls are required to spend at least 80 hours investigating the problem, creating a plan, and implementing it. It is presented to Girl Scouts who address a community issue or problem they’re passionate about. Nisha chose to do her part in protecting our environment for her project.
Nisha identified an issue with the harmful effects of balloon debris caused either by improper release of balloons or incorrect disposal. She initially became aware of this issue when she stumbled upon an article in a magazine which highlighted the work of a graduate student at University of Michigan. Given her keen interest in protecting our wildlife and birds, as well her passion for public policy and reform, Nisha began researching the impact and formulated a comprehensive plan to tackle the issue in her community. She spread awareness through various mediums such as talks, slide shows, petitions, and social media channels. She also worked with local administrative officials and legislatures to implement policy changes. She pioneered a new policy for her school district and also involved her environmental club to ensure that the work will continue for future generations.
“Being persistent and hardworking can eventually cause big changes.”