Jaclyn Voyt, a resident of Troy, is among 25 Girl…
Robbie McCall, a resident of Lakeville, 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 McCall’s Gold Award project, she revamped living spaces at Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) for veterans and their families. McCall secured donated services and goods like clean carpet, paint and updated furnishings in one of the rooms. She developed a template for the revamping the shelter’s living spaces, along with a list of resources and the promise of the homeless shelter organization to find more. McCall also developed a website to help veterans navigate the Veteran Administration system while transitioning into permanent housing.
“I discovered many people who are also committed to making a change for the better within the community”
“With enough determination and hard work, they could work together to make a difference,” said McCall.
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.”