By: Jen Russon
Three young residents earned one of the top honors bestowed on Girl Scouts at the Silver Awards ceremony held this fall.
Troop 10127 presented their community service project “Fostering Awareness Around the World” in the 2021 Silver Awards Showcase.
Led by Sofia Mamane, Isabella Renert, and Lindsay Rogalla, ninth-graders at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the project benefited Light of the World (LOW) and Place of Hope.
Both organizations are based in West Palm Beach County and provide resources for foster children aging out of the system.
The service award project completed by Troop 10127 sought to ease this transition by finding solutions and raising awareness within their community.
In project notes evaluated by judges at the Silver Awards, Troop 10127 wrote that expanding their knowledge about the foster care system and educating others about its challenges was the most successful aspect of the project.
LOW representative, Solomon Adams, said the Girl Scouts set an incredible example to their peers by joining this year’s Back to School Mission.
“Seeing their passion and drive to help their community was amazing. We are so grateful for their help,” said Adams.
He added the girls’ efforts brought in 150 backpacks and supplies for low-income families headed back to school.
The three members from Troop 10127 managed to stand out among more than 80 Girl Scout troops from across South East Florida with their service project. At the end of each Silver Awards showcase, only 10 percent of members will receive a certificate and silver pen.
Girl Scout volunteer and project leader, Nicole Renert, said the experience her daughter, Isabella, and two friends shared putting ‘Fostering Awareness’ together is invaluable.
“They empathized about how they would feel if, instead of having a brand new, exciting chapter begin on their 18th birthdays, suddenly they were worried about not having a roof over their head,” said Renert.
She added what ensued was months of collaboration, research, and hundreds of hours of community service shared between Isabella and her fellow Girl Scouts.
Isabella said they created a website, flyers and attended relevant workshops, some as far-flung as Boynton Beach. The purpose of traveling to these events was to spread awareness about older foster children and educate as many people as possible on ways they too can help.
“It was such an honor to receive our Silver Award, and it’s comforting to know we helped teens just like us,” said Isabella.
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- Jen Russon has been a staff writer for Talk Media since 2018. She is also a novelist, copywriter and editor at Swallow Publishing, LLC.
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