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Girl Scouts of Western New York Girl Scout Silver Award Online Training Please have the following ready for the online training session: GSWNY Silver Award Packet - GSWNY Silver Award Paperwork - GSWNY Online Training Packet -

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award that Girl Scout Cadettes can earn. The Silver Award has been around for 35 years. It was introduced in 1980. What are the benefits of earning the Silver Award? Higher Education Distinguish yourself among competition for college Join an elite network of Silver Award recipients Scholarship opportunities for Silver Award recipients

Life Skills Be a role model Empower yourself to lead Enhance self-worth/confidence Community Tackle an issue, locally or globally Learn to provide a sustainable solution to the community Establish a lifetime network of peers and advisors

Prerequisites A. Girls must be in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade and a registered Girl Scout. B. Complete 1 Girl Scout Cadette Journey: Amaze, Breathe, or Media ( A Journey is completed when the award(s) within the Journey have been completed.) The Silver Award Take Action Project: A leadership-based Take Action Project that:

Requires 50 hours of your participation Should be approved by your leader or advisor before you begin Can be implemented either individually or with a small group of 2-4 girls Focuses on addressing a community need outside of Girl Scouts Should be Sustainable and Measurable addressing a root cause Eight Steps for Girls to earn their Silver Award 1. Go on a Cadette Journey 2. Identify Issues You Care About 3. Build Your Girl Scout Silver Award Team

4. Explore Your Community 5. Pick Your Take Action Project 6. Develop Your Project 7. Make a Plan and Put It Into Motion 8. Reflect, Share Your Story, and Celebrate 1. Go On a Cadette Journey There are Three Cadette Journeys 2. Identify Issues You Care About

Decision-Making Tips What inspires you / what matters most to you? What skills/talents do you have to offer? What would benefit your community immediately and longterm?

How do you want to make a difference? 2. Identify Issues You Care About

You can use the Issues Chart in the Silver Award Packet to begin brainstorming Issues you care about. This is not your project, just a list to help get you started with thinking about issues, and where you can make a difference in your community. 2. Identify Issues You Care About

2. Identify Issues You Care About 3. Build Your Girl Scout Silver Award Team No more than 4 girls to a project. Silver Award can be earned as an individual. Seek out and recognize the strengths of others. Respect different points of view and ways of working. Communication and Cooperation are key to a successful team.

Recruit a Project Advisor who will bring special skills to your project. 3. Build Your Girl Scout Silver Award Team Use the following tips to create a great team whose members are committed to: Respecting different points of view and ways of work Contributing to the projecteveryone needs to help out! All girls need to put in 50 hours Accepting constructive suggestions Working together to create and develop a plan Resolving conflicts

Team members dont always agree, but leaders know how to help others get along. When disagreements arise, remember: To be considerate and respectful of your fellow teammates To be a sister to every Girl Scout on your team That communication and cooperation are very important when working with others 4.Explore Your Community

What is a community you belong to? Every Community has its own needs. Looking at the needs will help you gain a better understanding of your community as well as help make a decision about your priorities for improvement. Problems are a part of life, every community has problems too. Like people communities try and solve

their problems. Analyzing problems helps find solutions. No one knows you community better than you do! 4.Explore Your Community Make a List of issues in your community.

Use the Community Contact List in the Silver Award Packet to start listing individuals that can help with issues in your community. These are great individuals to contact as project advisors later down the road. You can start comparing the issues you care about and the issues in your community. Do any of the issues overlap? Is there an issue you are passionate about that is also a need in your own community? How can you make a lasting difference?

4.Explore Your Community 5. Pick Your Take Action Project Now that you have explored your community, and you know what issues you are passionate about, it is time to choose a take action project.

Your team and you need to review what you have learned, and pick a project, where you think you can create change. Several issues are big and complicated and hard to fix! You will need to narrow down the issue, and focus on ONE root cause, and create a project to address that specific aspect of the problem. Mind Mapping

Mind Mapping is a great tool to break an issue down into Root Causes. Mind Mapping can then also be used to break a root cause into a reasonable Take Action Project. 5. Pick Your Take Action Project Mind Mapping Activity Here Mind Mapping is used to show Root Causes of Car Crashes. 5. Pick Your Take

Action Project Mind Mapping Activity Now Mind Mapping is used to show take action project ideas to address the issue of texting while driving. 5. Pick Your Take Action Project Mind Mapping Activity 6. Develop Your Project

Set goals Develop a timeline Think about money earning & set a budget What insurance will you need for any events Is the project realistic Get your project approved by your Leader Log your hours Ensure your plan is: Sustainable Measurable 6. Develop Your

Project What Talents do you bring to the project What issues could arise how will we work to solve the problems

Who can help us with our project Does this issue reach out nationally or globally Ensure your plan is:

Sustainable Make it last! Measurable How can you tell you made a difference Take Action vs Community Service 6. Develop Your Project Ensure your plan is: Sustainable Make it last! What does it mean to have a sustainable project? To be sustainable, you must ensure that your project

creates lasting change after your involvement ends. A sustainable project is not a one-time event. Measurable How can you tell you made a difference? How does a girl measure project impact? The success of a project should be measurable based on the number of people the project helped, the number of people who were involved, a reduction in the communitys need, or other concrete numbers. Take Action vs Community Service 6. Develop Your Project

Example #1 Community Service Project: A troop held a clothing drive to help the homeless. What is the problem? Homeless do not have clothing to stay warm. What is a root cause of the problem? There is not a set place for homeless to turn to for clothes and needed supplies to stay warm. What is a Take Action Project that is sustainable and creates a lasting difference? Work with the community to set up a clothing closet that they would be open all year, to help support the homeless. How can you measure the impact of the Take Action Project? You can keep track of how many individuals you are able to provide clothing to over a set period of time. (We were able to provide clothing to 250 individuals over three months.) You can keep track of how much clothing you were able to provide. (We were able to provide over 1500 items of

clothing to homeless in the community over a 60 day period.) 6. Develop Your Project Example #2 Community Service Project: A troop held an Earth Day Clean-Up event. What is the problem? What is a root cause of the problem? What is a Take Action Project that is sustainable and creates a lasting difference? How can you measure the impact of the Take Action Project? Example #3

Community Service Project: A troop held a book drive for children who dont have books at home. What is the problem? What is a root cause of the problem? What is a Take Action Project that is sustainable and creates a lasting difference? How can you measure the impact of the Take Action Project? 6. Develop Your Project Example #2 Community Service Project: A troop held an Earth Day Clean-Up event at the

park. What is the problem? Litter/trash in the community. What is a root cause of the problem? No access to trash bins for proper disposal at the park. What is a Take Action Project that is sustainable and creates a lasting difference? Work with your local government to set up trash cans/recycling and trash pick-up at the park. How can you measure the impact of the Take Action Project? You can track how much garbage is kept out of the park. (We were able to keep 750lbs of trash from being left at the park over the last year.) 6. Develop Your

Project Example #3 Community Service Project: A troop held a book drive for children who dont have books at home. What is the problem? Kids dont have access to books at home. What is a root cause of the problem? The families do not have the funding to provide books for kids at home. What is a Take Action Project that is sustainable and creates a lasting difference? Create a semi-yearly book drive with a community based agency, which can ensure to continue the book drives yearly for children. How can you measure the impact of the Take Action Project? You can track how many books you are able to provide. (We provided children with 3500

books this year.) You can track how many children you help. (We provided 375 children with books for home.) 7. Make a Plan and Put It Into Motion CAN YOU SAY YES? The answers to all of the questions below should be yes before you begin your Silver Award Take Action project. Will your project demonstrate your leadership skills? Have you set your project goal and identified what you would like to learn? Have you chosen your Take Action team? Have you discussed the project with them?

Have you created a budget for the project? Have you created a plan to raise funds, if necessary? Have you made a timeline for your project? Does your project address a need in the local community and have you found national and/or global links? Can your project be sustainable? Does your project challenge your abilities and your interests? 7. Make a Plan and Put It Into Motion I can say yes!, Now What? It is time to get started! Use the Make a Plan Worksheet in the Silver Award Paperwork

to outline your plan. You will be including this sheet when you turn in your Silver Award Paperwork to Council. Make sure to keep track of the time spent while working on the project in the hours log. When you have identified all your steps and goals get to it! Complete your Silver Award Take Action Project. Make sure to document your progress to share. Take pictures or videos or make a story. 7. Make a Plan and Put It Into Motion

8. Reflect, Share your story and Celebrate Your Project Reflect on what you have accomplished! What impact have you made? Share what you have learned to help inspire others to make a difference as well. Thank the people that have helped you on your Silver Award journey. CELEBRATE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS! Submit your Final Project Report to GSWNY by September 30th of the year you enter 9th grade including: Log of Hours Advisors signature

Project Short Answers Make A Plan Worksheet 8. Reflect, Share your story and Celebrate Your Project Points to Remember Suggested minimum of 50 hours from the start of planning to the end of your project. Your Take Action Project must focus on the community (outside of Girl Scouting). The Take Action Project must have your leaders

approval. The project must be sustainable and measurable. All requirements are completed and submitted to the council by September 30 of the year that you enter 9th grade. [email protected] QUESTIONS? Call Out Example

Girl Scouts of Western New York Girl Scout Silver Award Online Training

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