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Change-makers tackle mental health issues, pet care education and childhood literacy


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Three Gold Award Girl Scouts are winning extra accolades for their outstanding efforts to make the world a better place.  

This year’s “Pat Meyer Nebraska Young Women of Distinction” was awarded to Liliana Delgado, Lily Slimm and Helen Whetstine, all of Omaha, during Spirit of Nebraska’s annual meeting.

“These Girl Scouts are shaping the future of their communities and distinguishing themselves as exceptional leaders willing to take action on an issue that they feel strongly about,” said Fran Marshall, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska.

By tapping into the power of G.I.R.L., these young women demonstrate what it means to lead with true Girl Scout spirit! 

Liliana wanted to educate her peers and community about self-harm, suicide, and mental health. Partnering with the American Foundation for Suicide and Bellevue East High School, her Gold Award project focused on developing a program about self-harm, its causes and triggers, and prevention strategies. Liliana’s program was adopted by the youth ministry of a local church and became part of its “More Than Sad” curriculum.

Lily incorporated her love of animals with her passion for working with children, especially refugee children, into her Gold Award project. She saw an unfilled need for pet care education among children from countries where pets are unheard of or even shunned. Lily soon realized many local children were unaware of how to properly care for pets, so she extended her project’s reach. She partnered with the Nebraska Humane Society and Belvedere Elementary to teach her pet care program to students in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Helen developed her Gold Award project based on her involvement with the Millard North Chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. During her volunteer work, she noticed that children of non-native English speakers were developing reading and language skills later in life than their monolingual peers. Helen coordinated a group of 57 volunteers to create more than 125 bilingual books to be donated to the South Omaha Library and a children’s home in the Dominican Republic.

If you are working on your Gold Award, find out how your Take Action project can be considered for the “Pat Meyer Nebraska Young Women of Distinction Award.”