AMHERST, NY - At just 17 years old Emily Pawlowski has already made her mark on the Western New York community for years to come.

The Williamsville North High School senior coordinated a 5 person team in August to build a gazebo for the residents of Vive la Casa as part of her journey towards her Gold Star Award.

The award is the highest honor that a Girl Scout can earn and Pawlowski has been working towards that award for the last 12 years. The award requires girls to develop, plan and implement a project that benefits the community and is sustainable in the long term.

Pawlowski's mission was to give the people who seek refuge at Vive la Casa a peaceful and relaxing place to sit.

Vive la Casa is a not-for-profit refugee center in Buffalo, NY which provides individuals and families who are seeking asylum in the United States or Canada shelter, food, clothing, health care, legal services and more.

When asked how this experience has affected her Pawlowski said: "It has taught me a lot about leadership, project planning, and that things don't always go in the timeframe you plan in."

Angela Robert Mosley, Executive Director at Vive la Casa had nothing but great words about Emily:

"She's a phenomenal woman and she totally gets why Vive is so important and why it is so important to have all types of volunteers. No matter what the age you can actually do something here."

It is for these reasons that WGRZ and Bryant & Stratton College have named Emily Pawlowski the September winner of The Great Give Back 2013 and have donated $1,000 to Vive la Casa.

If you know an outstanding young adult like Emily Pawlowski, nominate them for The Great Give Back 2013 by clicking here.