Girls Planning for Success (GPS) is an program designed for middle school aged girls to empower our next generation of female leaders through a variety of interactive topics, mentor-ship, physical activity, community engagement and problem solving.

Girls Planning for Success has been awarded an SEL Innovation grant for the 2017-18 school year.

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Squad Building

This activity shows the power the words and actions and their effects on relationships.

PDF – 20 Minutes

Work out a problem or disagreement without fighting, running away, or going against your feelings.

PDF – 30 Minutes

Teach girls that other girls are not enemies, to be assertive but not aggressive, to resist peer pressure, to report bullying, and to stand up to bullying.

PDF – 45 Minutes

Guide girls into recognizing and understanding the components of a healthy relationship.

PDF – 20 Minutes

Teaching girls about healthy relationships, characterized by equality, trust and support, empowers them to make choices that keep them safe and happy.

PDF – 20 Minutes

Teaching girls about healthy relationships, characterized by equality, trust and support, empowers them to make choices that keep them safe and happy.

PDF – 45 Minutes

Prompt a discussion about the criteria used to categorize the qualities or behaviors that are healthy or desired in a relationship.

PDF – 20 Minutes

Setting Goals

Teaching girls to set goals and make plans to achieve their goals teaches time management skills, commitment skills, and helps them stay true to their values.

PDF – 30 Minutes

Self-reflection is an essential part of personal growth and development.

PDF – 30 Minutes

Vision boards are a creative way to illustrate your goals and a colorful reminder to stay focused on your goals.

PDF – 45 Minutes

Being A Community

This exercise is a visually powerful way for participants to see they are not alone and that others may share their life experiences.

PDF – 45 Minutes

Teaching young people to appreciate diversity in race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and size reduces prejudice and hate and promotes tolerance, respect, and peace.

PDF – 45 Minutes

This is a fun, physical and visual way for students to see that we are all connected and practice various communication and problem solving skills.

PDF – 15 Minutes

This activity is a simple and creative way to help participants recognize that everyone contributes something valuable as individuals to a community.

PDF – 15 Minutes

Finding Inner Beauty

Unrealistic and unhealthy body expectations, including “ideal” sizes, weights, abilities, and physical attributes, influence girls’ understandings of what is beautiful. Body image, or how one views one’s own body, is an essential element of self-esteem: in general, those who view their bodies positively have higher self-esteem than those who view their bodies negatively.

PDF – 30-45 Minutes

With positive role models, hands on lessons, and new beauty tips, the hygiene session is a fun and positive experience in beauty practices for the girls.

PDF – 60 Minutes

Because of puberty, many girls, ages 8-13, are experiencing significant changes within their body. Some of these changes include growth of pubic and under arm hair, growth of breast, menstruation or the development of acne. It is important that they are aware of how to properly cleanse and adjust to their developing, changing bodies.

PDF – 20 Minutes

Hair is a big factor in the appearance of a young girl and can be a controversial subject regarding hair types of different ethnicities and expectations from the media of what “good hair” is considered to look like. It’s important to remind the girls that all hair types are “good” and equally as beautiful.

PDF – 30 Minutes

Teaching girls the ins and outs of cleansing and caring for all parts of their changing bodies.

PDF – 15 Minutes

Healthy Choices

Sometimes it could be uneasy prompting discussion on things such as sex, drugs, or alcohol. Balloon questions are a silly way to get the girls more comfortable about learning and talking about these subjects.

PDF – 20 Minutes

Being able to cook healthy food is essential to independent living. With the influx of developing fast food chains and restaurants, and easy access to junk food, teaching the girls how to make simple, healthy, cooked at home meals is a fun way to build team work and be healthy together.

PDF – 60 Minutes

According to several studies, young people begin experimenting with drugs at ages 12 to 17; considering this reality, drug and alcohol prevention efforts must target younger children to prevent them from ever using drugs in the first place.

PDF – 45 Minutes

Despite the benefits of computer innovation, cyber- bullying and the spread of rumors and gossip on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snap Chat, as well as through chat room, instant messaging, and email, are growing problems.

PDF – 45 Minutes

Being able to chat online at any hour of the day with someone you may never see or meet can be dangerous. While online chatting seems to be here to stay, it’s important to teach girls the dangers associated with online chatting with strangers and safe practices when chatting with their friends.

PDF – 30 Minutes

Being safe on the internet has a lot to do with the information that you share on websites and more particularly, social media.  While it may not always be a simple task deciding which profiles are real and fake, you can still protect yourself by protecting the information that you choose to share on social media sites.

PDF – 30 Minutes

All types of violence are used to exert power and control and have profound effects on personal health and well-being. Girls and women are directly or indirectly affected by sexual violence and abuse, physical violence and abuse, and/or emotional abuse sometime in their lives.

PDF – 45 Minutes

Self-Talk Matters

Teaching young women not to be afraid to give a compliment and how to accept a compliment can help them maintain healthy friendships and be proud of their own strengths, thereby resisting peer pressure, avoiding friends who don’t treat them with respect and helping build self-esteem.

PDF – 15 Minutes

Participants will have the opportunity to share how they feel, how they see themselves, what they like to do, what they are good at, and what they wish for.

PDF – 30 Minutes

Teaching participants about the historical origins of stereotypes, how to think critically, and the importance of seeing people as individuals will help them challenge stereotypes.

PDF – 30 Minutes

Teaching young women to recognize admirable qualities in others, give compliments, and accept compliments helps them maintain healthy friendships and can help them be proud of their own strengths, thereby resisting peer pressure, avoiding friends who don’t treat them with respect, and helping build self-esteem.

PDF – 30 Minutes

Teaching young people to love themselves and value their bodies, especially as they mature through puberty, helps them navigate pressures and difficulties they face as they enter adulthood.

PDF – 30 Minutes

Untangling Emotions

Emotions, feeling them, expressing them, or not expressing them, influence behaviors and actions; it is imperative to learn how to cope with emotions and how to express emotions in productive and positive ways so our actions can be aligned with how we wish to behave.

PDF – 45 Minutes

Recognizing the power of forgiveness helps young people maintain healthy relationships, build strong friendships and think before they act.

PDF – 45 Minutes

Relaxation of the body is important to maintaining wellness. When your body is tense or tired, problems appear to be magnified and decisions can be made without proper thought. Relaxation enhances clear thinking.

PDF – 15 Minutes

It is important to teach young people how to manage stress in healthy ways. Teaching stress relief skills can help them avoid conflicts with others, self-harming behaviors and violence.

PDF – 25 Minutes

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Physical Fitness

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