Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines has honored Jada Sanchez of Clayton for becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout, a designation she earned by establishing a support system for teenagers with type 1 diabetes in the Raleigh-Durham area.
For her project, Type Everyone, Sanchez formed a group which allowed the teenagers to meet with one another and share their experiences with their condition. As a group, the teenagers created art that spreads awareness of type 1 diabetes and allowed them to express their emotions in a healthy manner. Sanchez hopes that her actions have helped other teens dealing with diabetes find a community and better express their emotions.
The Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—earned by a high school Girl Scout who works to address an issue she’s passionate about in a way that produces meaningful and lasting change. Whether it’s on a local, national, or global level, Gold Award Girl Scouts provide innovative solutions to significant challenges.
“Gold Award Girl Scouts don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good—and Jada embodies everything this achievement stands for,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “Jada addressed an issue that’s important to her—diabetes support and awareness—for her Gold Award, and we congratulate her on this momentous accomplishment.”
Sanchez is the daughter of Rosa and Luis Sanchez and is a senior at Corinth-Holders High School. Sanchez has been in Girl Scouts since 2005 and is in Girl Scout Troop #1484 led by Vivian Morgan. In addition to Girl Scouting, Sanchez participated in marching band and worked as a crew member at Wendy’s.
By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, Sanchez has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart. Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is no easy feat as a girl demonstrates significant leadership, planning, networking and organizational skills as girls spend, on average, one to two years working to complete her project. Girls must follow the steps of identifying an issue, investigating it thoroughly, getting help and building a team, creating a plan, presenting your plan, gathering feedback, taking action, and educating and inspiring others.
Since the council unification in 2007 through 2018, 698 Girl Scouts have earned their Gold Award as a result of their efforts to transform an idea and vision for change into an actionable plan with measurable, sustainable, and far-reaching impact. Girls and families interested in learning more about the Girl Scout Gold Award can visit www.nccoastalpines.org.
About the Girl Scout Gold Award
Gold Award Girl Scouts don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good. The Gold Award is earned by girls in grades 9–12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership in developing sustainable solutions to local, national, and global challenges.