Jillian Kauffman’s Gold Award project took place at College View School in Glendale, which educates students from ages 3 to 22 with moderate to severe cognitive and physical disabilities. Meeting the specific needs of the students, not just the school, was the main focus of her project.
After Kauffman met with the administration, she was given the task of creating a learning store and a money program using a system of flash cards to identify the image and value of coins and bills. Each item in the store was researched to meet all safety and sensory requirements. The store is utilized everyday by students, run by students and enjoyed by the school as a whole.
Kauffman has served two terms as the publicist for Project Angel, a club that raises funds for four health care workers in the Dominican Republic. She co-founded Girls Learning Empowering Achieving and Directing Our Futures and currently serves as the Sergeant At Arms. She is an active member at La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, has earned her black belt in tae kwon do, and has served as a class representative and secretary for her school’s Associated Student Body.
Her future plans include attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and majoring in visual communications.
Kauffman gives thanks to advisors Jay Swartz and Corky O’Rourke, her family, mentors, troop and troop leader for guiding and supporting her through this process and never letting her lose faith.
Amber Zadravecz’s passion for serving the elderly members of her community inspired her Gold Award Project, titled “Project Smile.”
After visiting the residents at Twelve Oaks Retirement Lodge and Elms Convalescent Hospital, Zadravecz decided to share her happiness and love for life with the elderly by implementing card games, ice cream socials, cooking classes, bingo and balance games on the Wii. She developed lifelong friendships and created many special memories with the residents. She led activities that encouraged the residents to smile and laugh each and every day.
A sophomore at Crescenta Valley High School, Zadravecz is involved in the California Scholarship Federation, National Honor Society and her school’s cross country and track and field team.
Outside of school, Zadravecz has been an active Girl Scout for 11 years earning her Bronze, Silver and Gold Award. She treasures all the fun and unforgettable memories she shares with her fellow troop members.
Her experiences as a Girl Scout and member of the National Charity League of Glendale taught Zadravecz that little acts of kindness can go a long way in the hearts of others.
She hopes to one day attend a four-year university and become a physical therapist.
Zadravecz thanks her mom for being a fantastic and amazing leader and for her unconditional love and support.
Lastly, she thanks her project advisers and all the girls who helped make her project a true success.