Taylor Force, from Jacksonville, IL, chose to focus on Outdoor as her National Program Pillar for her Gold Award project.
Taylor's project addresses plastic pollution and waste. She believes recycling has become more popular because people have become more aware of what it is doing to our environment. Her project entailed collecting used markers to send to Crayloa for them to be recycled. She decided on this because she realized how many markers are thrown away.
She believed that if she could collect these markers and have them recycled, she could make a difference in her community. When she looked at all the markers she collected it reflects how many are not going to the landfill. This will help benefit future generations even though it is only a small impact. She hopes that more people will be mindful of recycling and decide to recycle more. Her project will be sustained by the Key Club in her community.
Taylor states that before this project, she had a hard time coming out of her shell to speak with people. Now she feels more confident in relating to and meeting more people.