What is the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?
The name of my project is "Adopt Don't Shop". The purpose of my Gold Award project was to show people the benefits of adopting a pet instead of purchasing one from a pet store or from a breeder.
What sustainable impact does your Gold Award project have on the community?
The sustainable impact my Gold Award project has on the community is that people will be wearing the tee shirt I designed that encourages other people to "Adopt Don't Shop". People can read the book I wrote, titled "Going Home", it is the story of how a homeless dog was rescued, brought to a shelter and eventually finds forever home. My book is available for purchase on Amazon in the United States and throughout Europe.
What insights/takeaway did you gain from your project?
The insights/takeaway I gained from my project are that you have to convince people that what you are doing and saying will benefit homeless animals everywhere. I learned to think on my feet and that people, who share you opinions on an issue, will listen and follow you. I gained the confidence to talk to people that I do not know about an issue that is affecting our community. I was able to draw up a plan, put it into action and see it through to the end. I now possess the leadership skills to conquer other issues.
Anything else you'd like to share?
I am 16 years old, an Ambassador Scout in Troop 30430 and a homeschooled high school Junior. My Gold Award project day was held at the Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees. On the day of my project, each new pet parent received a dog or cat goodie bag and the shelter was able to reach their adoption quota for the day. I am forever grateful to my Troop leader and Project Advisor, Debbi Silverman, for all of the time and effort she gave me so that could earn the Gold Award.