On behalf of the entire GSGLA council, we would like to congratulate
Isabella D. (Izzy) on being selected as one of the recipients of the
2022 Girl Scouts of the USA Gold Award Scholarship! The GSUSA Gold
Award Scholarship recognizes one outstanding Gold Award Girl Scout per
council who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership to drive lasting
change in their community and beyond.
Izzy’s Gold Award Project addressed how first responders can
effectively interact with the developmentally disabled (DD) during
critical incidents. She conducted comprehensive research and shared
findings with the training directors at Long Beach Search and Rescue
(LBSR), who then began utilizing her findings and recommendations when
training new and experienced first responders. To enhance the
presentation experience and increase awareness during training
sessions, liaisons from the Down 4 Dance non-profit program, Long
Beach Unified School District-Special Education, and Best Buddies
International were invited to discuss symptoms and common
evidenced-based strategies to de-escalate critical incidents with the
We are so incredibly proud of Isabella’s Gold Award Project!
Congratulations, Izzy! We can’t wait to see what more you will achieve!