On Thursday October 29, GSSEM honored five women, Olga Alavanou,…
Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan honors Megan Cronce with the most prestigious award in the world for girls: the Girl Scout Gold Award. Megan, of Fort Gratiot, 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.
Megan decided to address mental health for her Gold Award project. After researching nonprofits in her area, she identified a need for a program to support single-income families. In association with Bridge Builders Mentoring & Counseling, she created the monthly event, Parent’s Night Out. Parent’s Night Out promotes self-care for single parents in her community by providing them with free child care for an evening. Both the parents and children benefit from this program, as parents have time for themselves, and their children are able to engage in stimulating and creative activities to have a fun-filled evening.
“As the director of this project, I learned what it really means to have to lead a team. I had to learn to be flexible and how to interact with all different types of people, including four-year-old children.”
Megan will be graduating from Blue Water Middle College Academy this May. She was a Juliette when she conducted her project.