March Gold Award Highlight – Christine
1. What was the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?
My love for fitness became the inspiration behind my Gold Award Project, “Stay Fit for Life"
The issue my Gold Award project addressed is the lack of physical fitness, as well as lack of knowledge about health and well-being and how this affects one’s health. The program encouraged the residents of Good Counsel Homes in Riverside, a residential care and community-based program for homeless, expectant and new mothers and their children to incorporate physical fitness into their daily lives, as well as educate them on different types of exercise.
I first heard of Good Counsel Homes when I volunteered as a babysitter last year. While babysitting, I discovered that Good Counsel holds life skill classes for the residents. I was pondering ideas for my Girl Scout Gold Award and I met with Allyson DeSante, House Manager, to discuss the needs of Good Counsel. I discovered that Good Counsel did not have a health and fitness program. Being an avid athlete, I decided to develop a 6-week program for the residents to teach them different type of exercises that they could incorporate into their busy schedules. I enlisted the help from local area fitness instructors and last summer the month of July was called Fitness Month at Good Counsel Homes.
2. What sustainable impact did your Gold Award project have on the community?
I was successful in receiving donations and was able to provide Good Counsel Homes with fitness supplies such as: an exercise bike, yoga mats, exercise ball, weights, jump rope, water bottles and exercise bands. The donated supplies will allow for the project to continue and the residents to continue exercising and live a healthy lifestyle.
3. What insights/takeaway did you gain from your project?
Going for Gold was a great experience and I learned many life skills. By doing this project I learned that I will do whatever it takes to succeed. I learned how to solve problems and most importantly that I can make a difference. It was a very rewarding experience and it was a great feeling to see smiles and hear laughter of the residents during the class sessions.
4. Anything else you'd like to share?
My gold award project was one of the biggest highlights of my summer and it was very rewarding. Some of the volunteer instructors have offered to return to Good Counsel. An added bonus of my project was bringing in new volunteers to help at Good Counsel Homes.