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Highest Award Mentor

Highest Award Mentor

Pathway: Long-Term Direct Service

Time Commitment: 2 years

This volunteer position has a two year term with the possibility of reappointment at the consent of both the volunteer and Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO).

Reports to:
Regional Highest Awards Liasion / Gold Award Committee

Summary:
A Highest Award Mentor provides support for girls on all pathways pursuing the Bronze (Junior) or Silver (Cadette) Awards and may provide support to Seniors/Ambassadors (9th-12th grade) during the prerequisite phase of Gold Award. Ensures that requirements and standards of the awards are met by the candidate and subsequently approves Bronze/Silver Award projects.

Benefits:
Those who serve in the position experience deep personal satisfaction from helping a girl achieve her goals and grow her leadership skills. They gain a sense of accomplishment, develop transferable skills and connect with the community.

Support:
Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) will provide relevant training and staff support through a variety of mediums. Regular opportunities for sharing with other advisors and updated information will be available.

Responsibilities/Tasks:

  • Willingness to become knowledgeable about Highest Awards requirements and procedures.
  • Comfortable with Take Action and how it is different from community service.
  • Provide a nurturing and positive framework which encourages the girls to think critically.
  • Able to provide support and encouragement to candidates so that they meet the highest standards of which they are capable.
  • Demonstrate flexibility in adapting requirements to individual needs.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and communicate with other adults for the benefit of the girls.

Qualifications and Core Competencies – Required:

  • Accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law and register as a member of GSUSA.
  • Be an approved adult volunteer with a volunteer application, cleared background check, and two references on file with GSCO.
  • Present a positive image of Girl Scouting to girls, volunteers and community members through effective communication, high personal standards of conduct and knowledge of the Girl Scout program and organization. Promote the benefits of Girl Scouting and the importance of making a personal financial contribution and volunteering time to GSCO.
  • Knowledgeable about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, including the three focuses (Discover, Connect and Take Action) and the three processes (girl-led, cooperative learning, and learning by doing).
  • Willingness to learn about and work with adults and girls with diverse backgrounds/abilities.
  • Remain informed about and comply with the most current policies, procedures, and guidelines of Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).  Including but not limited to those found in Volunteer Essentials and GSCO Recognitions Booklet.

Additional Competencies, Skills, or Requirements – Preferred:

  • Willing to provide information on Highest Awards to adults in informal settings.
  • Assist with the presentation of awards and recognition, including special events, as requested.
  • Make a personal financial contribution to Girl Scouts of Colorado. (The amount or form of gift is up to the individual.)