Sarah Liu and her pup
Courtesy of Debra Holland

Sarah Liu believes that there is nothing more important than mental health.

She noticed that the side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have gone far beyond the extreme physical ailments; this pandemic caused major societal anguish and a youth mental health crisis. Sarah wanted her Gold Award to play a role in the next generation’s leaders and advocates’ development of necessary tools to express their emotional needs both inside and outside of the classroom.

With the help of her school’s guidance counselor and a few equally passionate friends, Sarah got to work developing what she calls “The Firefly Project.” Together, they would create an educational program that would stop the perpetuation of mental health stigma at the source. By creating a program that allows for open communication surrounding mental health, the development of harmful stereotypes lessens because of an increase in awareness and understanding.

Sarah Liu is an exemplary Girl Scout; a person filled with courage, confidence, and character. We are so proud of her for making this huge difference in her community and for being one of GSUSA’s national scholarship recipients. Congratulations Sarah, you’ve certainly earned all of your inspiring successes!

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