Pain Pals for CRPS Warriors – Jenna Naumann

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a rare, neurological chronic pain disorder resulting in severe and constant pain. CRPS affects approximately 200,000 children and adults in the United States and there is no known cure. Jenna, a current sophomore at Newbury Park High School, was diagnosed with CRPS in 2016. “CRPS typically develops after an … Continue reading Pain Pals for CRPS Warriors – Jenna Naumann

Sports Workshop for Children with Special Needs – Lauren Sinopoli

Lauren Sinopoli, a current senior at Westlake High School, was motivated to take her passion for soccer and translate it to meet a community need. She noticed that her local recreational programs did not offer sports-related activities for children with special needs, and immediately found the inspiration for her Gold Award project. Hoping to establish … Continue reading Sports Workshop for Children with Special Needs – Lauren Sinopoli

Leadership Competencies for High School Students – Riley Dart

Central Coast New Tech High School in Nipomo, CA, is unique to the other schools in its area. The institution utilizes Project Based Learning (PBL), an instructional approach that shifts away from teacher-centered instruction and instead emphasizes student-centered projects. Instead of the traditional lecture format where students are often left wondering, “Why are we learning … Continue reading Leadership Competencies for High School Students – Riley Dart

Renewing the Terraces and Trails Cinque Terre – Emily Calkins

In January of 2018 after a brutal series of fires and subsequent rainfall, devastating mudslides occurred in the city of Montecito. Less than 20 minutes away lies Carpinteria, where Emily Calkins was in her junior year at Cate School. As her community struggled to rebuild after the natural disaster, she couldn’t help but be grateful … Continue reading Renewing the Terraces and Trails Cinque Terre – Emily Calkins