Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently honored Plainview resident Giuliana Feijoo for earning her Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award a Girl Scout can achieve, as it recognizes the remarkable dedication she has for improving their community and the world around them. Giuliana was presented with her Gold Award at the Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s 2022 Gold Awards Ceremony, joining an elite group of 53 young women from throughout Nassau County who earned the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve.
“The recipients of this year’s Gold Awards have displayed diligence, compassion and altruism in approaching issues facing their communities,” said Randell Bynum, the chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “Their efforts have not gone unnoticed in their communities and their impacts will leave an imprint for years to come. I applaud them for addressing topics like social justice, mental health, the environment and more, while putting forth solutions to create a better world.”
The Gold Award program is designated for girls in grades 9-12 and is intended to help girls explore civic and social issues they are passionate about pursuing. The process of earning a Gold Award begins with a Girl Scout identifying a civic or social issue, drafting a plan to approach the issue and, lastly, partnering with volunteers or community leaders to implement it. The plan implemented needs to be sustainable and reach beyond the Girl Scout’s personal community.
For her Gold Award Project, “The Dangers of E-Cigarettes,” Giuliana Feijoo educated young students about the harm caused by vaping, and addressed the lack of information on e-cigarette use on social media. She hosted in-person and virtual presentations on the dangers of short and long-term effects of smoking in any form. Giuliana’s resources can be found on YouTube and a social media page that will continue to raise awareness on the negative effects of e-cigarettes. Giuliana is a recent graduate of John F. Kennedy High School and will be attending Sacred Heart University in the fall.
According to the Girl Scout Research Institute, girls who have achieved their Gold Award, experience greater life success due to a greater sense of self, satisfaction, leadership, life achievements, community service and civic engagement. Gold Award Girl Scouts who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive a higher pay grade and can receive scholarships or other recognition from most colleges or universities.
For more information about the Girl Scouts of Nassau County and the Gold Award program, visit www.gsnc.org.