Lydia created and directed a photography program at the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica as her Gold Award Project. She arranged program details, designed the curriculum, raised money for supplies and hosted an awards ceremony.
Lydia’s main goal in designing her Gold Award project was to impart a new perspective to a wide range of kids by giving them an opportunity to view their world differently. As part of the program, the children learned basic photography principles, terminology and skills for taking captivating photographs. Students and Staff at the Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club have commented that her class did positively affect their views on the world. This praise has made her feel that her project was 100% successful.
Lydia has been an active member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. Her other scouting achievements include earning the highest honor achievable at every level of scouting. In 2009, she earned the Girl Scout Silver Award for organizing a ‘Love of Literacy’ project that conducted reading events at inner city schools, built bookshelves and collected and donated over 2,500 books. In 2006, she earned the Bronze Award by hosting a ‘Neighborhood World Thinking Day’ for 300+ Santa Monica scouts. In 2005, at 10 years old, Lydia was given the Brentwood Youth Citizenship Award for her outstanding entrepreneurial success as one of the top cookie sellers in Greater Los Angeles. Her scouting activities have included helping lead county and neighborhood programs for younger girl scouts, participating in numerous community service projects including nine years serving the homeless of Southern California with www.thegivingspirit.org, and selling thousands of boxes of cookies which has helped her troop be financially independent and also gain valuable business and life skills. In recognition of her recent achievement, Lydia was gifted a lifetime membership to The Girl Scouts from the Santa Monica Bay Service Unit.
Lydia’s activities outside of scouting have included Soccer, Tae Kwon Do, Piano, Guitar, free-lance writing and extensive photography work. Lydia is the production manager of her high school’s 50th anniversary yearbook. She graduates from Palisades Charter High School June 20, 2012. After completing a “Gap Year” of service which will include stints with Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta and The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in London, Lydia will pursue her dream of becoming an Architect and begin her studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the fall of 2013.