Leaders in Washington, D.C. Recently Joined 2016 Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients to Honor a Century of Girls and Women Making the World a Better Place
Local student Cory Williams, who will be a junior at Bishop Diego High School in the fall, representing Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC) joined girls from all across the country who had the opportunity to exhibit their Gold Award projects and talk to leaders on Capitol Hill about important global issues at a celebration honoring the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts.
During the Capitol Hill celebration last month, more than 200 leaders from government, the military and academia came together to recognize and honor the amazing girls and women who have earned the Gold Award over the past century. Williams created her project based on the need for literacy in rural India. Cory’s “Reading Rights” literacy project assisted children living in an orphanage in a remote part of India with building literacy skills.
“Literacy is an issue that has no geographical boundaries,” says Cory. “The impact on illiteracy in India is the same as it is in the United States—it creates social and economic boundaries.” She collected 400 books and recorded 100 books as MP3 audio files to donate to the orphanage upon her visit. The establishment of a library in the orphanage provided an opportunity for children who would otherwise not have access to books. Cory’s goal was to give the children the basic literacy skills they needed to break the cycle of poverty.
Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast serves over 10,700 girls across six counties and is committed to making Girl Scouting available to girls in ways that impact their lives both in the moment and into the future. Girls participate in troops, individual projects, council events, day camps, and more. A variety of leadership, outdoor skills, and Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM) based programs and events provide girls with opportunities to learn and explore in fun and informative ways. To join or volunteer in Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara or Ventura County, visit girlscoutsccc.org.