Plan with Post-Its

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Once your group has decided on an activity to do, this process helps the group move toward making it happen. It could be done with the whole group, but it might be more effective in a committee or small group. It will help the girls who are in charge of the event to figure out the steps for making the … Read

Have Fun Generating Ideas

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Here is a site that gives a clear description of brainstorming, with a process for narrowing ideas after the initial discussion. These eight rules provide some background for refining your brainstorming techniques for the best results in your groups. And this site for teachers has some free stuff and other ideas to take off from brainstorming like– 1. oBrainstorming Web … Read

Create Meaningful Advisory Structures

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Providing opportunities for making choices and speaking out are critical components of positive youth development programs. But it’s challenging to do this with a large group of kids who may want to go in 30 different directions. Here are ideas from a gallery activity at the 2008 Chrysalis After-School Facilitator Training for creating meaningful advisory structures with young people– Rotate … Read

Discussion Topics

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Processing at the Adventure Learning Center

Okay, I put it out there–What are some good discussion topics for middle school girls? Here is the first response I got on Facebook– –music, clothes, dance, friendship and who’s cute-circa 1970’s –music, clothes, dance, friendship and who’s cute -using cellphones, social networking, text, -circa 2009 Here are some more– Media portrayal of girls/women Cliques Movies Books School TV shows … Read

Fishbowl Discussion

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A fishbowl discussion allows everyone in a large group to participate in a series of small group discussions. In a group larger than four or five it’s hard for everyone to have a chance to speak. This method allows up to five people to discuss a topic for a set amount of time, with the rest of the group taking turns … Read

Idea Bombardment

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This activity will help your group generate ideas for achieving personal and group goals. It provides a way for the group to “bombard” one or a small group of people with ideas for accomplishing their goals. Start with the whole group in a large circle, then spend about five minutes talking about how to set goals–making them realistic, short-term so … Read

Pleasure Meter

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The Pleasure Meter is a good activity to start discussion early in a program, but not right at the beginning. It acquaints participants with each other, indicates preferences and lets us find out about the other members of our group. It can help you learn about the participants and may help your group define sexual behavior. As you discuss pleasure and then … Read

That’s Not Cool

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This is a pretty funny video about what might happen if you talk to your parents, counselor or boyfriend about “textual harassment.” It was developed by Brandon Hardesty and you can also find it on thatsnotcool.com. Here’s what Brian says about it– “A PSA I did for Ad Council. I filmed this about three weeks ago. Ad Council asked me … Read

Plan Agendas

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Meeting Agenda Card Sort is a tool for involving your group in setting an agenda for regular meetings. It starts with collecting ideas from all the members, and then provides an easy way to put the ideas in order and develop a timeframe. Groups benefit from having a standard agenda so that members know what to expect and are prepared. … Read

Map the Community

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A map is a special kind of picture of a community or area; there are landmarks that make each community unique. Each team will draw, photograph, take notes and collect things that can be glued to the map-page. At the end of the walk, print photos and add items from the walk to the map-pages.