This year’s World Thinking Day theme is Diversity, Equity, and…
Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan honors Ana Phillips with the most prestigious award in the world for girls: the Girl Scout Gold Award. Ana, of Armada, is among 19 young women who have taken the initiative to bettering their communities through sustainable community change projects. The time and commitment they’ve dedicated towards these projects prove they’re true leaders and exceptional examples for all girls to look up to.
The Gold Award is Girl Scout’s highest honor and is presented to Girl Scouts who address a community issue or problem they are passionate about. They’re required to spend a minimum of 80 hours investigating the problem, creating a plan, and implementing it.
According to the Leader Dogs for the Blind (LDB) organization, there are more than one million people in the U.S. who are visually impaired and would benefit from partnering with a trained guide dog. LDB empowers the blind all over the world free of charge. Realizing that there was a severe shortage of volunteers to help raise and train the puppies that will go on to help blind individuals lead more independent lives, Ana decided to lead by example by first taking on the challenge of raising a Leader Dog puppy herself. She then made it her mission to educate the public in her community, and around the world about what LDB does, what it’s like to raise a LDB puppy, and the ways others can help.
“Through the many challenges and commitments of my Gold Award project, I not only made a big impact in the lives of others, but I also strengthened my own leadership skills, practiced patience and dedication, grew to appreciate the value of teamwork, and increased public awareness about raising a Leader Dog.”
She is graduating from International Academy East in Troy, MI and is a member of Troop 13353.