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Note: The Girl Scout Advocate Award is earned by Girl Scout Ambassadors who choose to complete the eight Steps to Advocacy as they explore an issue that they find intriguing and exciting, engage community partners and advocate for change.

Not that that's bad - sometimes, that's exactly what's needed!

#2 changes things long-term; it changes people's behavior or changes how people think about something or helps people to not need emergency aid any more or helps create a service or program that can be mobilized quickly to help in emergency situations, as needed.

But don't think that there are strict borders between these two kinds of volunteering; if you volunteered to lead the creation of a program that trains volunteers to help in disaster relief, you would be engaging in BOTH kinds of volunteering.

If you created a permanent food bank so people could donate food and others in need could receive it, you would be engaging in BOTH kinds of volunteering.

This page is for those seeking ideas for the Girl Scouts Gold Award (or any Journey award related to community service, awareness or advocacy), the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (U.

K.), a mitzvah project, or ANY leadership project that will lead to a sustainable, lasting benefit to a community or cause.

Completing any of these activities would demonstrate your skills in problem-solving, research, networking, persuasive speaking and consensus-building.

Each activity, as a whole, would require at least 80 hours of work on your part, if done correctly.

You can find every registered nonprofit in your zip code using Guidestar; if a nonprofit sounds interesting to you, type its name into Google, look at its web site or call the organization, and propose your volunteering idea. Okay then: Texas, Oregon, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine and various other states have annual Governor's Volunteer Awards (in California, it's called the Governor and First Lady's Service Award), recognizing group and individual volunteer efforts. Okay, look at the individual web sites for Girl Scouts of the USA council offices, Boy Scouts of America council offices, etc.

Tell them that your idea is in support of your Girl Scout Gold or Silver Award, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, etc. Look online for profiles of past winners, especially youth and teen winners and group winners. Is there one that you could replicate or adapt in your community? The Girl Scouts of the USA blog profiled several recent Gold Awards. Look at what other people have done for Gold Awards, Eagle Scout projects, etc.

These projects are also good for people who are unemployed and looking for a way to engage in volunteering that might lead to employment; any of these projects would get you networking with people representing a variety of professions, and would look great on your rsum.