Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Gold Award Spotlight: TEAM (Teens Educating and Mentoring)

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

For her project, Kaylee developed a tutoring program for students at Coventry Elementary School by organizing a group of high school students to tutor and mentor the children. The program, which focused on reading comprehension skills, was designed for fourth grade students whose teachers recommended the extra help for them. For each tutoring session, Kaylee prepared lessons for her fellow high school students to use with their mentees. The lessons focused on reaching the children reading comprehension strategies to use while reading at home and in the classroom, as well as while taking tests.

“I chose this project because I have wonderful teachers and have always wanted to teach,” Kaylee said. “I mentored students at Coventry Elementary School last year and saw struggling students. I know tutoring has helped me, and I thought that high school students would be an excellent choice for working with younger children.”

Kaylee presented her project to the Youth Volunteer Corps and shared a detailed overview about how to set up a tutoring program between high schools and elementary schools in any school district. She also created a video about how to set up this program that she placed online as a resource for teens anywhere.

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 six percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award, which adds Kaylee to an elite group of female leaders across the country with the honor.