Nicole Frisbie has achieved the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, through Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois by creating a program to prevent bullying at McKinley Elementary in Muscatine, Iowa. Nicole wanted to help students develop skills to cope with the effects of bullying and create a system to prevent future bullying at school.
Nicole assembled a team to help with the project and worked with the principal of McKinley Elementary, Joelle McConnaha, to ensure that the bench could be installed and utilized by students at recess. After the bench was installed at McKinely, discipline referral rates declined.
"I learned that anyone can be a leader if they listen to their team," says Nicole. "Perseverance and hard work also made it possible to complete the project."
"The Gold Award represents a girls' dedication to making the world a better place by beginning to make improvements in her own community," says Claudia Reich, manager of age level support at Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.
The steps to earning the Gold Award are rooted in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. To earn a Gold Award, a girl must:
- Choose an issue she cares about.
- Investigate everything she can about the issue.
- Get help by inviting others to support and take action with her.
- Create a plan that achieves sustainable and measurable impact.
- Present her plan and get feedback from the Girl Scout council.
- Take action to carry out her plan.
- Educate and inspire others with what she experienced.
- Complete at least 80 hours working on the project.