Going For Gold

Poway residents Amy Ellis, Emily Hime, Amy Yandell, and Mattea Hernandez have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award – the organization’s highest honor – for demonstrating extraordinary leadership by identifying and tackling social issues. “Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement,” said Carol M. Dedrich, CEO of Girl Scouts San Diego. “These young women exemplify leadership in all its forms.”

Troop 8239’s Amy Ellis (top left) used her project to raise awareness and support for La Tribu de Jesus Orphanage in Tijuana. The organization serves 100 children, ranging from newborns to teenagers. Amy hosted presentations, created and shared an informational video, and ran a blanket-making workshop. Thanks to Amy’s efforts, the community donated more than 2,000 personal hygiene items and nearly 20 blankets.

Emily Hime (top right), a member of Troop 8090, focused on overcrowding in dog shelters. She spearheaded an awareness campaign about the importance of canine adoption, with flyers, a website, and social media outreach. She also hosted in-person educational events in partnership with Pup Package and made 175 adoption care packages.

“These young women exemplify leadership in all its forms.”

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Two members of Troop 8355 earned their Gold Awards this year. Amy Yendell (above left) organized and led educational activities for children from a low-income housing community, with a focus on learning about nature and environmental conservation. The activities included fieldtrips to local spots like Blue Sky Ecological Reserve and Lake Poway.

Her fellow troopmate Mattea Hernandez (above right) worked to promote youth political engagement with her Gold Award project. She started a club at Rancho Bernardo High School to educate her peers about current events and politics, and she prepared the leadership transition so the club can continue now that she’s graduated.

Each candidate spent one to two years developing and implementing their project, and they were among 58 Gold Award winners honored during a recent ceremony at Copley Symphony Hall. For more information go to www.sdgirlscouts.org.