TOYO Teen and Girl Scout!

Breanna Burklund has been a busy young woman! In addition to earning her Girl Scout Gold Award, she was recently named a TOYO (Ten Outstanding Young Omahans) Teen. This prestigious designation is awarded to ten Omaha area students, between the ages of 13 and 19, who have made significant contributions to their community through volunteerism. Breanna, and the other nine recipients, were honored during a ceremony in Omaha, on Sunday, May 4 at Village Point. To show their appreciation for their hard-working sister Scout, a group of fellow Girl Scouts came to the ceremony to celebrate Breanna’s accomplishments.  See photo below.

Breanna was chosen as a TOYO Teen, in part, for her work on her Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action project. She collaborated with the March of Dimes to develop the “Journey Jems” program for the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) at Bergan Mercy and Nebraska Medical Center. When a baby enters the NICU, she or he is given a necklace with her or his name on it. As each baby undergoes procedures or overcomes major obstacles, they are given a special bead for the necklace to commemorate the event. “Journey Jems” is a way for parents to remember their baby’s unique challenges and journey through the NICU. Breanna also designed, created and donated over 220 baby blankets and 200 baby hats and headbands as part of her project.

Brenna attended the Spirit of Nebraska Annual Meeting in March, where she wowed the delegates, members and staff with a presentation about her Gold Award project.

Her generosity and spirit of volunteerism is truly an inspiration to us all.

In the fall, Breanna will be attending Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she plans to major in Elementary Education.

The TOYO Teens award was established in 2005 and is based on the original TOYO awards, presented by the Omaha Jaycees.

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