According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s (GSRI) report, The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, Gold Award Girl Scouts receive greater lifetime benefits than their peers with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service and civic engagement thanks to their experience in Girl Scouting, including earning their Gold Award.
Alyssa Mauz, a junior at Klein Cain High School, has become a Gold Award Girl Scout. The honor recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete. Less than five percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.
Mauz hosted a color run at her school to show support for Jacob Munoz, a classmate who was fighting leukemia at the time, and to show the importance in donating blood. She led 40 volunteers in organizing a color run and worked alongside the Klein Cain Cancer Strikers, a school club focused on cancer awareness, to make the event successful. More than 500 people attended the event. According to Mauz, she wanted to dedicate her project to her grandfather who died from cancer.
“The loss of my grandfather in 2016 has given me the opportunity to honor him,” Mauz said. “I know he is looking down and is extremely proud of my involvement with the Cancer Strikers, supporting fighters and the education I have provided to the community.”
Mauz and her team ran five different color stations for the “Color For a Cure Color Run” and due to the success, the event will be hosted each year by the Klein Cain Cancer Strikers to continue raising awareness for different cancers.
“My goal was to bring the community together and show strength and awareness in numbers for Jacob,” she said. “The impact of my event has also allowed others to spread awareness to do blood drives and to show cancer survivors that they are not fighting cancer alone. We are fighting with them.”
Mauz plans to attend college and receive a master’s in education with a minor in history and photography.
To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit www.gssjc.org/goldawardgirlscout.