“None of us are immune from life’s challenges. Sometimes these challenges are small, and sometimes [they are] large, but they are often unexpected, unplanned, and sometimes even unimagined. But what if we thought differently? What if we expected these challenges and anticipated how we might be better prepared?” –Sophia Goettke, a River Valleys Gold Award Recipient
It was these questions that led Sophia to develop her Gold Award Project – “Expect the Unexpected” – which focused on making her town of Rochester, MN more disaster resilient. Sophia created interactive display stations to teach about disaster preparedness and educate her community about how they can prepare and best respond to crisis situations.
This creative and valuable project is receiving a lot of recognition – in addition to the Gold Award, Sophia has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award and a certificate of excellence from the judges at the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.
Sophia has also presented at two college scholarship competitions on community resilience and her abstract about this project was recently accepted by the American Public Health Association. Please join us in congratulating Sophia for her amazing work.
To learn more about Sophia’s Gold Award project, you can visit her website.