Today I am featuring a guest blog post by Chloe Van Dorn. Chloe and her family have been coming to the Syosset Public Library for many years, and I am proud to share what Chloe has been working on with the members of our community. You can download Chloe’s brochure below. Keep up the great work!
My name is Chloe Van Dorn, and I’m a sophomore honors student at Syosset High School earning my Girl Scout Gold Award. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award a Girl Scout can earn. It is awarded to Girl Scout Seniors or Ambassadors who complete a project that will make a lasting difference in the world. The Gold Award requires the completion of 80 hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue or need in the community, and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community. Less than five percent of Girl Scouts throughout the nation earn this esteemed award. The Gold Award recognizes Girl Scouts for excellence and leadership and it is the pinnacle of achievement and recognition.
I have been a Girl Scout for ten years in the Jericho-Syosset Association of Girl Scouts of Nassau County. My Gold Award Project, entitled “Sleep Deprived Teenagers,” involves educating my peers about the issue of the severe lack of sleep among teenagers today. Research shows that 80% of adolescents do not receive the minimum amount of sleep required for proper growth and development. Sleep deprived teens do not function at their highest potential and suffer from physical and emotional health problems, including weight gain, poor school performance, memory loss, learning impairments, risky behaviors, anger, depression, suicidal tendencies, anxiety, lack of energy, decreased productivity, and even an increase in the number of car accidents. Insufficient sleep among teenagers is a serious epidemic facing our society today.
My Gold Award Project focuses on increasing awareness about this important issue and providing teenagers with strategies to implement to get more and better quality sleep each night, so that they can live happier and healthier lives. I have been working hard to educate teenagers about the correct amount of sleep required to obtain proper growth and development and the severe mental and physical health problems associated with a lack of sleep. I hope that the knowledge teenagers obtain will be carried with them through adulthood. With more sleep, teenagers will realize their full potential, work more productively, and be able to contribute to our society in many positive ways.
Last year, during my freshman year of high school, I designed an informative brochure which I distributed to teenagers at the Syosset High School Nurse’s Office and Guidance Office, the Syosset Public Library and Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library’s Teen Spaces, Winthrop University Hospital’s Junior Volunteer Services Department, my local pediatrician’s office, and at the Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay. In April 2015, I ran an activity table at the Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s “Girls Go the Distance Walkathon and Activity Fair” where 800 people attended and learned about the severe health problems associated with insufficient sleep in teens. I also wrote a Public Service Announcement which I aired in the spring of 2015 during my weekly radio show on Syosset High School’s radio station, WKWZ 88.5 FM. This summer, I will hold several workshops for middle school and high school aged children at local summer camps in Oyster Bay, NY to teach them why they require 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night, how to manage their time better in order to get enough sleep, and the serious dangers associated with lack of sleep. Additionally, I published an article in several local newspapers and on various community blog sites in order to educate as many people as possible in my community and around the world about this important issue.
I am the Co-Captain of the Syosset High School Sailing Team, the Vice President of the Syosset High School Robotics Club, an Assistant Officer in the Syosset High School Girls Who Code Club, and the Vice President of the Syosset High School Symphony Orchestra. In addition, I am a member of the Syosset High School Mock Trial Team, the Cooking Club, and the Radio Club, where I host my own radio show on WKWZ 88.5 FM. I also enjoy playing both the piano and viola, and I volunteer as a Junior Volunteer at Winthrop University Hospital, and as a member of the Junior Fire Department at Syosset Volunteer Fire Department. I am honored to receive my Girl Scout Gold Award this year and I hope to become a doctor in the future so that I can continue to help others in many ways.
Chloe Van Dorn’s Girl Scout Gold Award Brochure