Abigail Collins-Carey, a resident of Farmington Hills, is among 25…
Paige Palmer, a resident of Oxford, 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, Palmer saw a need in her community to help people struggling with identity and anxiety. Palmer planned and hosted two workshops for teen girls, the age group most affected by anxiety. She also posted the video of the workshop on YouTube, and secured commitments from a psychologist and licensed counselor to place handouts Palmer created in their offices.
“Through personal experience, research and practice, I knew I could make a real difference in my community. Because of my Gold Award project, I developed leadership skills and even got over my fear of public speaking!”
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.”