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Danielle Lundtvedt Becomes Gold Award Girl Scout


Danielle Lundtvedt Becomes Gold Award Girl Scout

Danielle Lundtvedt, of Decorah, Iowa, has achieved the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts. To receive this honor, she developed a mentorship program for students at Decorah High School to find peer support for academic and personal struggles.

Many teens are facing isolating pressure to achieve not just in school, but also in sports, arts, work, volunteering, and other extracurricular activities. Schools to do not always have the proper resources to provide individualized attention to students, so Danielle developed a program that helps students struggling to receive additional support. The mentoring program hosted frequent sessions where students could discuss common issues and work through solutions together. By matching students with peers that have faced similar challenges, her program also gave students a role to see themselves as role models and develop mentoring skills.

By using the leadership and critical thinking skills Danielle discovered in Girl Scouts, she created a sustainable solution for teens in her community. Because she decided to help her peers, students are now more confident in their life skills and better able to face challenges.

“I found students were more confident in their abilities to help, guide, and teach others by the end of the program,” says Danielle.

A Girl Scout Gold Award project must tackle a broad spectrum of important issues. A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award has become a community leader in the truest sense.

Read what Danielle has to say about her project and the value of Girl Scouts!

What inspired your Gold Award project?

I noticed many students struggling in my school district. Students would come to me or others for help because they didn't want to ask their teachers for help, so I created a more structured peer-help environment that would benefit everyone.

What do you love about Girl Scouting?

I love the opportunities Girl Scouts has given me! Helping my community, making a difference, learning about life skills, and developing compassion towards other people have all been part of my experience. I also enjoy all the people I have met and the places I have traveled.

What role has Girl Scouts played in your life?

Girl Scouts has helped me to develop a lot of life skills like leadership and communication and taught me the importance of community. It has guided me to become a better, more rounded person.

What is your next step after earning your Gold Award?

I will continue the project by finding peer leaders for next year and I plan to attend the University of Minnesota for Biomedical engineering in the fall.

 

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.
  • Educate and inspire others with what she experienced.
  • Complete at least 80 hours working on the project.