Amber Langan-Cannon, a Southeast Florida Girl Scout from Sunrise Troop 10892, was honored with the Gold Award in late May. The award is the organization’s highest achievement and highest honor. Only one percent of Girl Scouts worldwide achieve this prestigious accomplishment each year.
In order to become a candidate for the Gold Award, a Girl Scout needs to be in grades 9 through 12 and complete a seven-step leadership project that is approved by a Gold Award committee. The year-long project must fulfill a need within a girl’s community (locally or globally), create a change, and be sustainable. It’s not just a “good service project”, it demands the highest level of the scout’s organizational, leadership and project management skills, and networking abilities.
At the recognition ceremony, each of the participants were honored for their individual efforts on their personal Gold Award projects. A culmination of over 2,000 total hours were put into the planning, executing and evaluating of these incredible undertakings.
With the help of her advisor, Joyce Shraim, Amber’s Gold Award project “Today’s Teen Challenge” focused on the mental health of teens during high school. Amber’s goal was to create a safe space on social media for teens to come together to discuss social, family and school issues commonly experienced by teens.
“Amber’s project is amazing because it has reached countless young people. It is a life-changing project that has touched many lives by making difficult subjects more relatable so teens can understand they are not facing challenges alone,” says Shraim. “Seeing that Amber’s passion for her project is so evident in every aspect of the finished production truly warms the heart.”
The compassionate scout selected topics based on the recommendation of experts in teen development, and the results of a survey she implemented with her peers. In addition, Amber developed YouTube videos and podcasts on various topics to continue the project for years to come.
When asked why she chose to focus on this topic, Amber said, “I saw many teens struggle with different things and I wanted one place they could go to without having to tell anyone about it.”
Amber started with the Girl Scouts in fourth grade, and her favorite part of being a Girl Scout is being able to bond with other girls her age and to help with the younger troops. Currently a freshman at Broward College, Amber hopes to complete her Associate’s degree, then move on to the University of North Florida where she will pursue a Bachelor of Science in ESE Education.
Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is committed to meeting the needs of today’s girls by providing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience that will help develop skills and create a strong foundation for future success. Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, a United Way of Martin County partner agency, serves more than 12,000 girls in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. To explore opportunities to volunteer or partner with Girl Scouts, call (866) 727-4475 or visit www.gssef.org.