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Ridgefield Girl Scout Helps Kids Improve Self-Esteem To Earn Gold Award

Mikhaela Miller of Ridgefield has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Mikhaela Miller of Ridgefield has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Photo Credit: Contributed
A total of 86 Girl Scouts earned their Gold Awards for the Class of 2016, including 40 from Fairfield County.
A total of 86 Girl Scouts earned their Gold Awards for the Class of 2016, including 40 from Fairfield County. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Mikhaela Miller of Ridgefield has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

To earn her Gold Award, Miller ran a project in which she held meetings with young girls from her local Boys & Girls Club and ran activities that helped them address how the media, societal pressures and other expectations can negatively affect a girl’s self-esteem.

She provided posters and fliers to help girls see that they matter and are beautiful inside and out.

The Ridgefield Boys & Girls Club will continue to run her sessions to both boys and girls in the future, using the information and a curriculum contained in the binder that she left with the club.

She plans to study psychology and education upon graduating high school.

Celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, the Gold Award requires a high school age Girl Scout to spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team and making a sustainable impact in the community.

A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader. Nationally, only 6 percent of Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award.

The Girl Scouts all began more than 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon Low, who believed in the power of one girl. Girl Scouts of Connecticut are now more than 52,000 members strong. They are part of a sisterhood of 2.7 million around the globe.

“Since 1916, approximately 1 million Girl Scouts have made a sustainable impact in their communities,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “We are so thrilled to honor a record number of girls this year and we are excited to see how many more incredible young women will continue to change the world in the next 100 years.”

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

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