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Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan honors Molly Levin with the most prestigious award in the world for girls: the Girl Scout Gold Award. Molly, of Bloomfield Hills, is among 13 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.
For her Gold Award project, Molly created a virtual concert of ten songs that was shared with nine senior living facilities around the country. The songs included musical theater selections she felt viewers could relate to, and the target audience was seniors living in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Molly wanted to address the loneliness and isolation that the pandemic caused in senior living facilities, as well as help them feel the joy that she feels when surrounded by music.
She collaborated with several people to execute this project, including volunteers who taught her about new musical software and other essential technology, teachers who taught her new techniques, friends who created the cover art for the program, engineers who helped her record the music, and program managers of senior living facilities, even as far away as the east coast. She and her team had to work really closely together to figure out the best way to bring music to seniors in a way that they could access. In the end, she learned that music is a wonderful art form to support the mental health of seniors.
“I not only did the research, but I also learned more than I ever anticipated. It was amazing to see myself grow and accept that I can get better and improve.”