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Shelton Girl Scout Earns Gold Award For Helping Families At Hospital NICU

Jessica Brady of Shelton has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Jessica Brady of Shelton 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

SHELTON, Conn. — Jessica Brady of Shelton has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

To earn her Gold Award, Brady's project, “Welcome Baby,” helped to create a stimulated stress-free environment for parents, families and staff members at Norwalk Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

She created an informative website and brochure educating parents and families on babies’ senses, and how to work together through a difficult time.

She also worked with her troop to create scrapbooks, stimulation cards and blankets for the NICU.

Every item that she and her team created for patients, parents, families and staff members will stay in the NICU.

She hopes to study behavioral science, criminal justice and a foreign language to one day work for the FBI as a criminal profiler, or become a sports psychologist.

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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