Gold Award Honoree Amy Nelson
Today’s Girl Scout profile is Amy Nelson. Amy developed a cook book to teach the basics of having a healthy diet while on a budget; she even distributed the books to homeless shelters and families in need. How cool is that?! Read about Amy’s project and what she learned from her experience.
Amy Nelson’s Gold Award Project:
What did you do for your Gold Award project?
I created a cookbook that teaches the basics of a creating healthy, quick meals while on a small budget. The book included over 90 recipes and ideas for incorporating inexpensive and healthy foods into your diet. I worked with programs such as the Elevate Food Pantry and the Care and Share Food Bank to distribute the books to families and people across Colorado, and beyond.
How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?
I measured the impact of my project by tracking the number of books given to families. Twenty-five print copies were distributed to the families within the Elevate Food Pantry Program in October. I also sent a digital copy of my cookbook to local libraries and Mary’s Home (a local organization that helps single homeless mothers and their children). I also sent a digital copy to the Care and Share Food Bank, where it was attached to their monthly newsletter and sent to over 300 food banks and soup kitchens across Colorado.
How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?
Families who received a copy of the cookbook are able to use them again and again. The digital copies distributed to soup kitchens and food banks across Colorado, can be printed out whenever there is demand. I also gave copies to my school and several local libraries, so anyone interested in my project, or in eating healthier, can access my cookbook.
What is your project’s global and/or national connection?
My project addresses the issue of obesity. This is a massive problem, not only in the United States, but also around the world. Nearly 39 percent of the adult population in the world is overweight, and 13 percent of those people qualify as obese. The only way to lower these numbers is through forming the habits of healthy diet and exercise. By teaching the benefits of eating healthy to kids, they can keep those lessons with them for the rest of their lives.
What did you learn about yourself?
This project taught me about the benefits and importance of maintaining a healthy diet. This project was not an easy task. I spent more than 80 hours of research, testing, calculating, creating, assembling, and distributing the books. It was through hard work that I realized that I am capable of achieving whatever I set my mind to. I found communication and organization skills, and persistence and drive within me to overcome obstacles.
Earning my Gold Award is a huge honor, and the lessons I have learned from it will continue to help me throughout the rest of my life. My Gold Award project taught me not to give up, especially when times get tough. Also, I learned to always schedule my time correctly and stay organized when working on a big project. Since the Gold Award is such an experience, earning it will also help prepare for job and scholarship interviews, and during my college application process.
Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?
The Gold Award was an important part of my Girl Scout experience because I used so many of the skills I learned during my Girl Scout career. Girl Scouts teaches girls across the world to be capable, smart, and hard working individuals. To earn the award, young women must prove that they are all three. The Gold Award is the pinnacle of achievement in Girl Scouts and earning it closes the door on one stage of my life and opens another for the next. I will be able to use the lessons Girl Scouting has taught me to make a difference in the world.
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You can also read about other honorees:
- 2016 Gold Award Honoree Sarah Greichen
- 2016 Gold Award Honoree Emma Hesse
- 2016 Gold Award Honoree Cassidy Klein
- 2015 Gold Award Honoree Kirsten Brandes
- 2015 Gold Award Honoree Joanna Hua
- 2015 Gold Award Honoree Elizabeth Acker
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