Hanna Schmitt has achieved the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, by creating a confidence development program for elementary and middle school kids in the South Winneshiek Community School District. The program, called Junior Warriors CHEER, is designed for students to step out of their comfort zone and make new friends while developing school spirit and building character. In her program, the acronym CHEER represents the five values students will learn: Confidence, Healthy living, Empowering Yourself, Encouraging Others, and Respecting Everyone.
Her accomplishments reflect outstanding leadership and civic engagement. Schmitt wanted to help younger students develop their self-esteem and become more involved in the community. As a cheerleader, she recognized how performing helped her to become more confident.
Read what Hanna has to say about her project and the value of Girl Scouts!
What inspired your Gold Award project?
To me, a successful Gold Award project should be inspired by a combination of a girl's passions and skills. I love cheerleading and working with youth. I also have useful skills when it comes to planning events and programs like communication, networking, leadership, public speaking, and team-building. I took my abilities and applied them to my favorite activities with the goal of providing a new opportunity for local youth. By utilizing my connections to people in various positions at the local college,...