Girl Scout addresses adolescent mental health to earn Gold Award
Ridgefield High School junior Charlotte Anglade has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award focusing on mental health in teen girls.
Her project had two parts. She renovated a room in a group home for adolescent girls at the non-profit, Family and Children’s Aid in Danbury. She also created a website — www.girlsdestress.com — to share healthy coping and stress management mechanisms with all teen girls.
“I wanted to continue working with Family and Children’s Aid as that is where I had earned my Silver Award,” Anglade said. “This time I wanted to focus on a way to help teen girls. My research had shown that 17% of teen girls suffer from depression, and that rate increases after a traumatic experience. In this case, the girls in the group home do not have parents to help them often due to difficult circumstances, or they may not have parents at all. There was a room in need of renovation in the home so I knew I could transform it into a space to manage stress.”
Anglade collected donations of yoga mats, art supplies and books. She also raised money to buy new furniture, lighting, art, a rug and curtains. She cleaned, painted and transformed the room into a serene, calm place where the residents could listen to music, read, do yoga, meditate or just relax. She also planted a garden right outside the room. She shared healthy coping mechanisms in her website girlsdestress.com.
The project, from planning to completion, took about a year to complete.
Charlotte worked with a team that included Allison Carballo, the director of development at Family and Children’s Aid as well a professional interior designer, yoga and meditation experts and several other Girl Scouts. She was able to secure brand-new books for the room by working with the Max Michael Rosenfield Foundation (maxmichaelrosenfield.org).
“I am very thankful for the support from Allison Carballo, as well as the support from my Gold Award mentor, Carol O’Connell,” Anglade said. “I would also like to thank all who donated items and in particular the Max Michael Rosenfield Foundation for providing brand new books to create the mini library in the room.”
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest leadership award for a Girl Scout with fewer than 6% of all eligible Girl Scouts earning it.