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Linda Weng, a resident of Novi, 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 Weng’s Gold Award project, she partnered with her high school’s Girls Who Code club and established a fun and interactive outreach program with the upper elementary school and the district’s summer care program. She led a team of high school club members and taught the students how to make video games using Scratch, a block programming language, and make designs using Python Turtle graphics.
“Being able to code is becoming an essential skill to have in any job sector,” said Weng.
“I wanted to make sure that the next generation of students could develop an interest in computer science at an earlier age. The attendance in the program has doubled since we launched and its encouraging to know that I’m helping my community.”
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.”