Payton Brophy of Cedar Rapids, Iowa has earned the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts. To achieve her Gold Award, Payton, a graduating senior, designed and put into action a project that made a positive impact on others, while making her community a better place. The scope of Payton’s project focused on increasing support and understanding toward the students in her school with mental and physical disabilities. Recognizing a communication need between the students’ support systems and school staff, Payton created and launched a website that allows educators, support staff, and caregivers to collaborate and share ideas. Payton’s project gives a voice to the students who cannot advocate for themselves, as well as the staff and caregivers who are working together to provide support and encourage academic achievement.
A Girl Scout Gold Award project must tackle a broad spectrum of important issues and a young woman who has earned her Gold Award has become a community leader in the truest sense.
Read what Payton has to say about her project and the value of Girl Scouts!
How long have you been a Girl Scout?
I joined Girl Scouts as a Daisy and I am now about to graduate high
What do you love about Girl Scouting?
I enjoyed my time as a Daisy, Brownie and Junior Girl Scout, because
we were a very active troop. We completed many badges and took should
wonderful field trips.
What inspired your Gold Award project?
I have a passion for working with the severe- profoundly disabled
What role has Girl Scouts played in your life?
Girl Scouts provide an opportunity for me to make friends and learn about others.
What is your next step after earning your Gold Award?
Next week I will be starting a job at The Arc working with special needs adults while I work toward my education.
Girl Scout Gold Award
Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable change in their communities and around the world. The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers. They are our future, and it looks bright!
The steps to becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout are rooted in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. To achieve this honor, a girl must:
- Choose an issue she cares about.
- Investigate everything she can about the issue.
- Get help by inviting others to support and take action with her.
- Create a plan that achieves sustainable and measurable impact.
- Present her plan and get feedback from the Girl Scout council.
- Take action to carry out her plan.
- Educate and inspire others with what she experienced.
- Complete at least 80 hours working on the project