Gold Award Girl Scout Makayla Ramos

Gold Award Girl Scout Makayla Ramos

Makayla Ramos, a resident of Macomb, 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 her Gold Award project, Ramos addressed the issue of plastic waste by creating a sustainable marker recycling program for the Chippewa Valley School District. Ramos worked with her high school teacher to develop educational materials and collection bins for several Chippewa Valley schools. So far, the school district has recycled dozens of markers to fight universal plastic waste.

“In Girl Scouts, I learned a lot about developing great leadership skills.” Said Ramos. “However, my Gold Award project took it to a whole new level.”

“I developed better communications skills and time management, which I know will benefit me no matter where I go in life.”

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.”