2011 Gold Award Recipient—Allison Rydberg

Posted: Apr 15, 2011

Allison Rydberg of Pinetop is the founder of Mama T’s Ministries, a community project inspired by Mother Teresa. She is also a Girl Scout and will be awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award for her service project that recruits volunteers for other community organizations.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout age 14-18 may earn. The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into "going for the Gold." The project is something that fulfills a need within a girl's community (whether local or global), creates change, and hopefully, is something that becomes ongoing.

Rydberg, who was born in Denver and lived in Kayenta on the Navajo Reservation as a young girl, started in Girl Scouts by joining the troop that her mother led. 
For her Gold Award project, Rydberg recruited volunteers to carry out community service for local organizations, including St. Francis Church in Whiteriver, AZ and the White Mountain SafeHouse. Every month she contacts the organizations to learn their needs and then reaches out to volunteers. 

“Having volunteers makes their events more successful,” she said.  “The organizations also benefit by not having the stress of getting volunteers for their events.”

Rydberg is a member of the National Honor Society and was chosen as White Mountain Rotary Student of the Month.  She has also been an all-state soccer player and cross country and track runner.  She earned the Bronze, Silver in Girl Scouts before receiving the Gold Award.

"Pursuing the Gold Award was a way for me to carry out community service projects for local organizations," she said. "Also, I wanted to challenge myself to earn such a difficult award."

When not in school or volunteering, Rydberg likes to compete in soccer, run, play the guitar, and crochet.  She has coached and refereed for her local American Youth Soccer Organization and  her town’s youth basketball program.  She has two older sisters in college and a younger brother who is a sophmore in high school.

Rydberg’s motto is “Dream big and always believe.”  After graduation, Rydberg plans on attending a four year university to play NCAA Division I Soccer and major in Exercise Physiology.

Rydberg will be awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award March 26, 2011 at the Heard Museum.