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Ridgefield Girl Scout Earns Gold Award For Teaching About Bias

Kiran Singh-Smith Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Four of the Ridgefield Gold Award recipients. From left, Isabel Stoddart, Kiran Singh-Smith, Claire MacMillan and Elizabeth Browne. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut
This year's group of Gold Award recipients from across the state. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Kiran Singh-Smith, of Ridgefield, recently received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.

In order to earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts between grades 9-12 spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team and making a sustainable impact in the community, according to a press release. A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader, according to a press release.

Singh-Smith’s project taught middle school students from two different towns about implicit bias, unconscious prejudices and stereotypes along with its negative effects. She used a PowerPoint presentation and a series of fun, team-building activities to help bring the two towns together.

Singh-Smith plans to pursue a career involving social or environmental issues.

She is one of 55 Girl Scouts in Connecticut -- and one of seven in Ridgefield -- to earn the Gold Award this year.

“On a national level, only 4 to 6 percent of Girl Scouts earn this prestigious honor, and I am beyond proud of our girls,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, in a press release. “By earning the Gold Award, Girl Scouts set themselves apart as top achievers, and are incredible women of confidence, courage, and character, who make the world a better place.”

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit here .

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