Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Gold Award Spotlight: Putting the 'A' in STEAM

When Girl Scout Ambassador Julia learned that fine arts programs in her area were financially out of reach for many kids and their families in Norfolk, she decided to take action and make a real difference. 

“There are several performing arts camps offered in our area, but the prices range from several hundred to several thousand dollars,” Julia said. “I targeted kids from families who couldn’t afford these camps.”

She partnered with an organization, From One Hand to Another (FOTHA), which provides low-cost science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming for children in the area. Knowing the importance of fine arts, she decided to add an ‘A’ for arts to FOTHA’s program- making it STEAM!

Julia used the money she earned from cookie sales to fund her project. She bought all the supplies her summer campers would need. Julia had a great experience teaching dance, music, and sculpting. By doing so, she was able to bring her love of art alive in her community. By creating a full curriculum of lesson plans, exciting videos, and activities, Julia has ensured the program can continue to run through her partnership with FOTHA for years to come.

Congratulations, Julia, for creating a “golden” project that helped you earn the highest award a Girl Scout may earn, the Gold Award!