Gold Award Girl Scout Jillian Pompo

Gold Award Girl Scout Jillian Pompo

Jillian Pompo, a resident of South Lyon, is among 25 Girl Scouts honored by Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan with the Gold Award. Gold Award Girl Scouts are change agents who show leadership and citizenship skills that help them stand out among their peers by making a sustainable impact in their communities.

The Gold Award is Girl Scouts’ highest honor and is presented to Girl Scouts who dedicate a minimum of 80 hours to addressing a community issue or problem through a sustainable community change project.

For Pompo’s Gold Award project, she created a program at Cambrian Assisted Living and Memory Care to help improve the residents’ memories and get them involved in activities that get them out of their rooms. Pompo presented quilting as the activity to help residents gain a sense of community and involvement. Before quilting with the residents, they would complete puzzles and paint by number activities with the patterns.

“Along with developing patience and better communication skills, I saw that something as simple as quilting could excite residents and engage them to get active.”

“They love seeing and working with me, and I am happy to be able to help them gain a sense of community,” said Pompo.

According to a study on the impact of the Gold Award, by the Girl Scout Research Institute, Gold Award Girl Scouts display more positive life outcomes than non–Girl Scout alums including having a positive sense of self and greater life satisfaction, leadership, community service, and civic engagement. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievement.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms,” said Denise Dalrymple, chief executive officer of GSSEM. “They saw a need in their communities and took action. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership are making the world a better place.”