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Darien Girl Scout Earns Gold Award For Creating Safe Area For Kids At DVCC

Arija Forsyth of Darien has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Arija Forsyth of Darien 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

DARIEN, Conn. — Arija Forsyth of Darien has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

To earn her Gold Award, Forsyth aimed to extend the resources at a the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Stamford by making it easier for victims with children to cope.

Forsyth created a Mobile Kids Corner with fun and engaging activities to nurture and entertain children in a safe environment. She also created two mini Mobile Kids Corners for local domestic violence safe houses.

She shared her project with her local high school and Girl Scout troops to raise awareness of domestic violence, and inspired others to take action.

Her Mobile Kids Corner is a permanent fixture at the DVCC headquarters in Stamford.

She plans to pursue a career that constantly challenges her to learn and solve problems.

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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