You must get approval from your Girl Scout council liaison for a Gold Award idea All of these projects require you to involve members of the community as volunteers and collaborators to help with the project.
Most would require partnerships with other organizations - schools, school groups, civic associations, government programs, nonprofits and others.
then maybe you need to re-evaluate whether or not you should do such a leadership project.
This page is focused on the #2 kind of assistance, but that can mean activities that create relief/aid/comfort on an ongoing basis, not just at one feel-good event.
At the end of this very long list of activities are ideas for how to show your project's impact, how to evaluate the project's effectiveness, how to show what changes your project lead to, etc.
Many could also be broken down or scaled back into smaller activities.
Many of these ideas could become regular yearly events.
Note: The Girl Scout Advocate Award is earned by Girl Scout Ambassadors who choose to complete the eight Steps to Advocacy as they explore an issue that they find intriguing and exciting, engage community partners and advocate for change.
Whether or not their advocacy effort succeeds, girls will have taken steps to make the world a better place!
These projects are also good for people who are unemployed and looking for a way to engage in volunteering that might lead to employment; any of these projects would get you networking with people representing a variety of professions, and would look great on your rsum.
Successfully undertaking such a project would most definitely get the attention of potential employers!
You can find every registered nonprofit in your zip code using Guidestar; if a nonprofit sounds interesting to you, type its name into Google, look at its web site or call the organization, and propose your volunteering idea. Okay then: Texas, Oregon, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine and various other states have annual Governor's Volunteer Awards (in California, it's called the Governor and First Lady's Service Award), recognizing group and individual volunteer efforts. Okay, look at the individual web sites for Girl Scouts of the USA council offices, Boy Scouts of America council offices, etc.
Tell them that your idea is in support of your Girl Scout Gold or Silver Award, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, etc. Look online for profiles of past winners, especially youth and teen winners and group winners. Is there one that you could replicate or adapt in your community? The Girl Scouts of the USA blog profiled several recent Gold Awards. Look at what other people have done for Gold Awards, Eagle Scout projects, etc.
The projects included restoring a historical garden, creating a documentary film, a book drive/awareness day regarding the plight of women and children in Uganda, an awareness campaign regarding Alzheimer's disease using a family's personal experience with the disease, saving a historical structure, and a campaign to promote the importance of good nutrition. Look at those projects - is there one that you could replicate or adapt in your community?