Local Gold Award Girl Scout Emma Thalgott was awarded a national scholarship for creating lasting change for “A Comfortable Future”.
LAS VEGAS, NV, Oct 12, 2022 — Locally, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada (GSSNV) is proud to recognize the 16 Las Vegas area members of the 2022 Girl Scout Gold Award class, including national scholarship recipient, Emma Thalgott, who made a sustainable impact addressing causes they care about in our community. Nationally, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is recognizing the 3,500 members of the 2022 Gold Award Girl Scout class who identified the root cause of pressing issues in their communities, created sustainable solutions, and took action to earn the Gold Award: Girl Scouts’ highest achievement. This year’s class of world-changers invested over 300,000 hours in addressing real-life problems such as environmental sustainability, racial justice, mental and emotional wellness, and gender inequality in STEM.
“We could not be more proud of Emma for her achievement as the Local 2022 Gold Award Scholarship recipient but we’re further proud of her for her dedication and commitment to help our Southern Nevada veterans feel seen, heard, understood, clothed, and supported to get back into the work force. She has made an impact on a human life and potentially even alter their future for the better,” says Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, Chief Executive Officer, Kimberly Trueba.
GSUSA’s 111 councils were each provided the opportunity to nominate one of their outstanding Gold Award Girl Scouts to receive a national scholarship for over $2,000 each. The GSUSA Gold Award Scholarship recipients represent $225,000 invested, made possible by Insight Global, The Coca-Cola Foundation, and Kappa Delta Foundation.
This year, Gold Award Girl Scout Emma Thalgott, from Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, was a recipient of the national scholarship.
“The root issue of my Gold Award was the lack of clothing material for men and women getting back in the work force. Homeless people tend to be dehumanized along with suffering through poverty. Having clothing for the head and business attire for work, benefits veteran men and women by allow them to return to the workforce and have a sense of confidence,” says Thalgott.
To make her project a reality and create sustainable impact, Emma dedicated nearly 100 hours to researching, volunteering, collecting donations, and helping homeless and underserved veterans by connecting them with job opportunities. To make gaining employment more accessible for this underserved group, Emma rallied the community to gather summer attire, accessible comfortable clothes, and work attire for our local homeless community, including veterans.
Emma even went as far as negotiating meetings with several Las
Vegas, Nevada law firms to inspire them to make a contractual commit
to host month-long drives, yearly. One firm, Brownstein Hyatt Farber
Schreck LLP, was further inspired to commit to ensuring the
sustainability of Emma’s project.
Gold Award Girl Scouts become innovative problem-solvers, empathetic leaders, confident public speakers, and focused project managers. They learn resourcefulness, tenacity, and decision-making skills, giving them an edge personally and professionally. As they take action to transform their communities, Gold Award Girl Scouts gain tangible skills and prove they’re the leaders our world needs. According to recent research, Gold Award Girl Scouts are more likely to fill leadership roles at work and in their personal lives and are more civically engaged than their non-Girl Scout peers. Eighty-seven percent (87%) of Gold Award Girl Scouts agree that earning their Gold Award gave them skills that help them succeed professionally.
Seventy-two percent (72%) said earning their Gold Award helped them get a scholarship. Changing the world doesn’t end when a Girl Scout earns her Gold Award. Ninety-nine percent (99%) of Gold Award Girl Scout alums take on leadership roles in their everyday lives. To view the list of the 3,500 outstanding 2022 Gold Award projects, visit girlscouts.org/goldawardclass.
Girls in grades K–12 can join Girl Scouts any time during the year to begin their Girl Scout journey. As girls grow with Girl Scouts, they learn hands-on leadership skills they’ll use to make their mark through the Gold Award and beyond. To join or volunteer, visit www.girlscouts.org/join.
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