BROOKFIELD, Conn. — Lauren White of Brookfield has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
To earn her Gold Award, White made information on books readily available to teens and aimed to bring more interesting and popular books to the teen section in her hometown library.
She created a recommendation board where teens can request books they want to read, and made posters and hung them throughout the library, letting teens know when new books came in or other notifications.
Her project brought more teens to the library and also increased the library’s visibility in her community.
All of her display materials, as well as her social media accounts, will continue to be used by library staff.
After graduation, she plans on studying biology, with an interest in neuroscience.
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 .