BROOKFIELD, Conn. — Kyra Kabulis of Brookfield has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
To earn her Gold Award, Kabulis focused on bridging the gap between the youth and elderly community and improving the physical, social and mental health of senior citizens in her community.
She and her volunteers went to a local senior center and went on walks with seniors, talking about topics that were familiar to them.
Kabulis and her team noticed physical and mental improvement among the seniors they worked with, and the team found they were more comfortable and connected with the senior citizens.
She also coordinated a musical performance for the residents and an exercise program for them. Her exercise class will continue to run at the senior center.
She hopes to pursue a career in teaching.
Celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, the Gold Award requires a high school age Girl Scout to spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team and making a sustainable impact in the community.
A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader. Nationally, only 6 percent of Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award.
The Girl Scouts all began more than 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon Low, who believed in the power of one girl. Girl Scouts of Connecticut are now more than 52,000 members strong. They are part of a sisterhood of 2.7 million around the globe.
“Since 1916, approximately 1 million Girl Scouts have made a sustainable impact in their communities,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “We are so thrilled to honor a record number of girls this year and we are excited to see how many more incredible young women will continue to change the world in the next 100 years.”
For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, click here.
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