How do I get started with teaching a workshop?

Your first step is to find 2-3 other people who can teach the workshop with you. (We recommend 4 facilitators total.) Order your toolkit online here, and when it arrives in the mail, meet with your group to go through the kit together while watching the tutorial videos online. Decide who will teach which section, and practice teaching each activity out loud. Then, start thinking about potential workshop locations, and how you can work with your team to spread the word.

How long does it take to prepare for the workshop?

It depends! The standard is 5 weeks, starting from when you receive your toolkit. But if you already have a workshop location in mind, and students that you can easily recruit to attend the event, you're ahead of the game.

What's in the toolkit?

Each toolkit comes with teaching materials for up to 40 students, including a Facilitation Guidebook, 4 Leadership Quiz Card sets and Answer Key Cards, and a deck of Activity Strength cards. When you place your order, you'll also be able to download a PDF of the print-out Workshop Packet that each student will need.

Do I need more than one toolkit?

Each toolkit has enough materials for 40 students max. So unless you’re teaching a bigger workshop than 40 students, one toolkit is perfect. Each toolkit can be reused to coach as many workshops as you’d like.

Is there anything else I should buy for the workshop?

Yes, just a few things! You'll need:

  • Green, blue, and pink post-its
  • Sharpies
  • Access to a color printer, so that you can print Workshop Packets for your students. We recommend printing in a local library or school to save costs.

There are also some "nice-to-have" items, if you have the time and resources to go the extra mile:

  • Water and snacks for the workshop, like chips, goldfish, or oreos
  • Notebooks for students to take home and continue brainstorming ideas

What kind of space should I use to teach the workshop?

It could be a classroom, company office space, or even someone's home/backyard! It just needs to be a big enough space for students to move around, and ideally with wallspace where students can put their post-its up. It's also great to include a few tables and chairs for teamwork.

Does the toolkit come in different languages?

It's in English, but we've found that the words are simple and easy to translate into different languages. We can work with you to translate the materials if you're willing to put in a little extra effort! Email us at to learn more about the process.

Do you have any marketing materials or flyers I can use?

You bet! Here's our flyer. It's a google doc, so you can make a copy of it online and then enter in your specific workshop time, date, contact info, etc.

Is this workshop OK for boys, too?

The workshop was originally designed with girls in mind, but all the workshop materials are gender-neutral (they/them/their) and we've taught co-ed/mixed workshops in the past. Every group, school, and community is different. Do what feels right for yours!

Can I charge $ for students to attend the workshop?

By offering this workshop for free, you can ensure that it's 100% accessible for all students. However, charging a small fee can give students an extra incentive to show up on workshop day, and help offset the costs of purchasing the toolkit and preparing materials. It's up to you!

Is there anything we need to do after the workshop?

Fill out this quick feedback survey to tell us how the workshop went and share a few tips/advice that we can pass onto future workshop coaches. We read every response we receive and use your input to make our program better.

If possible, collect students' emails so you can keep in touch. You’ll be a great mentor and resource for students to continue the work they started!

Are there other GDD workshop leaders I can connect with to learn more?

Absolutely! If you'd like to chat with a GDD workshop leader in your area, email us and we'd be delighted to connect you. Our coaches can be found throughout the US and in the UK, Italy, South Africa, Germany, Japan, and Australia.