Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Gold Award Spotlight: Small Stitch, Big Step

Girl Scout Ambassador Melina from Yorktown, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.

For her project, Melina worked with the NATASHA House, a safe home for women and children to live in while rebuilding their lives and transitioning to permanent housing. She developed a program to teach mothers at the house how to sew. Melina hosted 20 workshops, during which she taught the mothers how to follow a pattern to make wallets, placemats, gift bags and other items. She also hosted a family workshop for the mothers to be able to share their skills and make scarves with their children.

“After every class, the mothers were astonished at what they had accomplished,” Melina said. “Sewing is one of my favorite hobbies, and I enjoy teaching this life skill to others.”

Another benefit of Melina’s project is that the mothers at the NATASHA House were able to make items to sell and support the house, which does not receive government assistance to operate. With the help of the Peninsula Piecemakers Quilt Guild, Melina was able to donate five sewing machines, fabric and supplies for the mothers at the NATASHA House to continue to sew.

The Gold Award requires girls to identify an issue in their community and carry out a Take Action project to address the matter through leadership work. Nationwide, less than 6 percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award, which adds Melina to an elite group of female leaders across the country with the honor.