Lydia Sleeper, a member of Santa Monica Girl Scout Troop 5515, has earned the Gold Award, the highest honor in girl scouting.

For her Gold Award project, Sleeper, who recently graduated from Palisades Charter High School, created and directed a photography program at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica. She arranged program details, designed the curriculum, raised money for supplies and hosted an awards ceremony.

Sleeper said her main goal with the project was to impart a new perspective to a wide range of youths by giving them an opportunity to view their world differently.

Sleeper has been an active member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. 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 book shelves and collected and donated over 2,500 books.

Among the activities she enjoys are soccer, tae kwon do, piano, guitar, freelance writing and photography. She was the production manager of her high school’s 50th anniversary yearbook.