Girls Planning for Success (GPS) is a program designed for middle school aged girls to empower our next generation of female leaders through a variety of interactive topics, mentorship, physical activity, community engagement, and problem-solving.
The curriculum for GPS, created by KVEC staff, encompasses the following topics: Squad Building, Setting Goals, Being a Community, Leadership, Finding Inner Beauty, Self-Talk Matters, Untangling Our Emotions, Healthy Choices, and Physical Fitness. Activities that align with the Kentucky Academic Standards for Middle School Health Education have been designed for each theme.
Squads meet at least once a week to complete a topic activity and finish with a physical fitness piece. Once a month squads perform online Skype meetings with either other squads, mentors, or role models.
Ten schools participated in GPS this school year. Hazard Middle, Whitesburg Middle, Letcher Middle, Jenkins, Johnson County Middle, Adams Middle, South Floyd Elementary, Allen Elementary, Emmalena Elementary, and Phelps Elementary. Around two-hundred girls in total completed this years program.
The video above is about a day dedicated to these young women for all of their hard work this school year.