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Gold Award Highlight - Tia

November Gold

1.  What is the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?

The "I CARE" Project

My project addressed the issue that not all children are exposed to how important it is to take care of one's teeth. The impact I had hoped to make was that after every workshop, each child would be able to take what they learned home and set a good example for their siblings and the rest of their families. Proper dental care is vital to have a healthy life, so it is important to start with the basics.

The root cause of the issue was to accentuate how important it is to have good dental health. I addressed it by contacting various child care facilities in hopes that they would allow me to educate the children about dental care. I addressed it by explaining the importance of staying healthy with many experiments and activities. It was important for me to address the issue through interactive activities because that is how young children learn the best.


2.  What sustainable impact does your Gold Award project have on the community?

I have created a website/blog explaining everything that I have done. In order to inspire others, I notified my friends in the community through email and social media and even created a blog in order to impact people on a global level.


3.  What insights/takeaway did you gain from your project? 

This project taught me many things about my abilities as a leader. Working independently made me realize that I could accomplish anything if I put my mind to it. I also learned that I am very good at working with children. I was able to make unforgettable bonds with the kids that participated in my workshops and I will cherish the memories forever.

Working on this Gold Award project taught me a lot of things about myself.  As a leader, I have improved immensely over the course of this project. I was able to overcome many obstacles on my own. This project has taught me to be more independent and I will never forget the leadership skills that I have acquired which will help me in the future, college and beyond. I have learned to be more persistent and not being let down by a lack of response in the beginning. I have become creative in finding ways in captivating young kids in order to educate them of one of the few ways they can lead a healthy life style.


4. Anything else you'd like to share?

If I could change an aspect of my project, I would be more persistent at overcoming the obstacles I encountered. I wouldn't feel let down when not receiving immediate responses from organizations. I would keep knocking on doors until I got a response more efficiently instead of waiting for the organizations I already contacted to let me know their response.