Girl Scouts Celebrates Centennial of Girl Scouts’ Highest Award at NASDAQ

347733Today, Girl Scouts from the New York area alongside Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez, commemorated the centennial of Girl Scouts’ highest award, now known as the Gold Award, at the NASDAQ opening bell ceremony. Girl Scouts in grades 9–12 earn their Gold Award for developing innovative and lasting solutions to local or global issues. Gold Award projects must demonstrate girls’ extraordinary leadership and have both measurable and sustainable impact.

Over the course of the past 100 years, millions of Girl Scout alumnae have created, developed, and executed innumerable Take Action projects that address everything from declining bee populations, to ending violence against women, to promoting green energy and gender-balanced leadership. These projects have positively impacted girls’ lives, their communities, and the world.

“For over a century, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and the enterprising vision to create new opportunities and programs that positively impact society,” said Anna Maria Chávez, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the USA. “From our signature initiatives and partnerships that expand access to education and technology for girls, to our activities supporting entrepreneurship and leadership development, Girl Scouts is creating a sustainable pipeline of female leaders who take action to change the world. In 2016, we are excited to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scout Gold Award excellence, innovation, and visionary leadership—and we are committed to empowering future generations of girls to dream big and make a significant global impact.”

To continue the celebration, Girl Scouts across the United States are honoring Girl Scouts’ highest award with “100 Days of the Gold Award,” a social-media public awareness campaign. The 100-day-long campaign, spotlighting Girl Scout Gold Award projects and their impact on our communities and the world, will culminate in a celebration on Capitol Hill inWashington, DC, June 14, 2016. This event and the #gsGoldAward campaign will shine a light on the benefits of earning Girl Scouts’ highest award.

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