Jackson Girl Scout receives Silver Award

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The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore honored 35 Girl Scouts from Monmouth and Ocean counties, including one from Jackson, with the Girl Scout Silver Award on Nov. 29 at the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s Program Activity Center, Howell.

For her Girl Scout Silver Award project, Olivia Skvarenina, who is from Jackson, addressed the growing issue of social media usage at a young age, according to a press release from the Girl Scouts.

Olivia created two videos about cyberbullying, one where no one helps a girl being bullied and the other where friends step in. She presented the film and led discussions at Girl Scout meetings where girls participated in workshops with educational activities about cyberbullying.

She also hosted a public event that not only featured the workshops, but also added additional hands-on activities and DJ games, as well as a mural where participants could write down what they learned, according to the press release.

“By earning the Girl Scout Silver Award, these young women have proven they are committed to changing society for the better,” said Eileen M. Higgins, CEO, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. “They have made a difference in their community and improved the lives of others by taking action on an issue that is important to them.”

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the second highest award girls can earn in Girl Scouting, and the highest award attainable at the middle school level. To earn the Silver Award, recipients must complete a leadership project that exceeds 50 hours with a lasting and sustainable impact on their community, according to the press release.