For her Gold Award project, Yue, 18, from Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, worked to educate communities in China about the importance of sanitation in hospitals. After moving to the United States in 2014 as an exchange student from China, Yue learned the importance of clean hands. She realized doctors at local clinics in her community back in China did not wash or sanitize their hands in between seeing patients, and sanitizer was not commonly used or available in China.
That’s when she took action by collecting donations of bottles of hand sanitizer. She then created posters and hundreds of brochures in both English and Chinese, hosted four lectures in community schools, and spent five days observing the local citizens. Because of her efforts, the local government is now sponsoring this project by providing hand sanitizer to local community hospitals every month.
Each year, Girl Scouts of the USA honors ten Girl Scouts as National Young Women of Distinction, selected from the thousands of exceptional young women in grades 9–12 who earn their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.