What was the name and purpose of your gold award project?
My Girl Scout Gold Award project is called Exploring Epilepsy
Awareness. The purpose of my project was to educate and inform people
about what epilepsy is, how to help someone having a seizure, and
dispel misconceptions about the disorder. I mainly targeted a rural
village in Tamil Nadu, India, as well as my local community in New
Jersey for this project. I accomplished this by creating and sharing
an informational video, brochures, and a trifold poster.
What sustainable impact did your Gold Award project have on the community?
People in my local community in New Jersey as well as in a rural
village in Tamil Nadu, India are more aware of what epilepsy is and
how to help someone having a seizure. The informational video I
created and translated to Tamil will continue to be played in a clinic
waiting room for future audiences. Lastly, I created a website so
people on the internet can read and watch a video about epilepsy as
well as be guided to other resources and keep up with epilepsy-related
events in New Jersey.
What insights/takeaway did you gain from your project?
The most significant skills I gained from completing my Girl Scout Gold Award project were organizational and communication skills. This project truly helped me develop my skills of organization since I needed to work on many aspects of my project in a timely fashion. As for communication, this project required that I reach out to people that would be able to mentor, guide, and help me through this project. I also interviewed and talked to many people about epilepsy, which helped in the development of my communication skills and even helped me gain confidence.
What is your favorite memory of completing your Gold Award project?
My favorite memory of completing my Girl Scout Gold Award project is being able to communicate effectively in Tamil about what epilepsy is and how to help someone having a seizure to the people attending the epilepsy awareness event in the Indian village of Vilangadupakkam. Many of them asked me questions they had and we had active conversations. Villagers who had epilepsy also came to the event and it was truly an enlightening experience to be able to learn about their lives with epilepsy as well!
Anything else you’d like to share?
I hope to continue to spread awareness about epilepsy to more people in the future!