welcome to the online tutorials

for teaching your own design thinking & girls leadership workshop




about the tutorials


We believe that teaching design thinking & girls leadership should be fun, easy to learn, and accessible for everyone. We've made sure the instructions for this workshop are crystal-clear.

The full process of learning the curriculum and coaching takes 5-8 hours total. (If you already have a group of girls in mind and a friend who can facilitate the workshop with you, you're ahead of the game.)


These tutorials are for...


Already ordered your toolkit and ready to start coaching? These tutorials help you take a closer look into the curriculum and start practicing.


Interested in our program, but not sure if coaching a workshop is right for you? Checking out these tutorials is a quick and easy way to find out.

We had a few volunteers for our workshop that were teachers from local schools. They said that students who were historically un-engaged in class came “alive” during the workshop!

I noticed a huge improvement in students’ confidence and ability to share their ideas. I also noticed many students organizing groups after the workshop ended to discuss how they could expand on their ideas at school to make changes. I believe the students learned that they individually and collectively have skills to impact people and the communities around them.
— Kayla Carter, Indianapolis

getting started

The tutorials will only take about 30min - 1 hour to complete. There are 6 Parts, each teaching a 20-minute section of the workshop. Scroll down and start the tutorials whenever you're ready, and feel free to come back to this website over time to refresh your memory.


Basic Workshop Info:

  • Each workshop runs 2 hours long and accommodates for 5-40 students max. We recommend starting with 15-20 girls.
  • Since each toolkit contains enough teaching materials for 40 students max, if you have a larger group, you'll want more than one toolkit.
  • We recommend teaching in a group of 4 Facilitators.
  • All teaching materials are gender-neutral and geared towards middle-schoolers (ages 10-14). If you have questions about adapting your workshop for different age groups or genders, email us at
  • When you order your Toolkit, you'll be able to download a PDF of the Workshop Packet. You can use this PDF to print as many packets as you need for the students attending your workshop.

More questions? Check out our FAQ page.

part 1: kicking things off

For the first part of the workshop, everyone comes together in a circle, and we (as facilitators) introduce what design thinking and the workshop are all about.

Next, we play a fun warm-up/orientation game, divide into teams and come up with creative team names, and talk about what it means to create “social change.”

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Led by Facilitator #1

Students compete in a Brainstorm Relay Race, where they work in teams to come up with as many ideas as they can for problems that exist in the world.

Each student then chooses the 1 problem that they feel most passionate about solving and learns how to re-frame that problem as an opportunity.


Definitely keep a timer for this part of the workshop. It’s easy to go over!

When girls are choosing the problem they want to focus on, make sure it’s an issue they care about and understand who it specifically applies to. For example, “cyber-bullying with middle-school girls” or “LGBTQ discrimination in schools” would be powerful and effective problems to work towards.
— Tip from Katie on the GDD team


Led by Facilitator #2

Everyone comes together in 1 circle to play the Activity Strengths card game, where students write their skills on post-it notes and then place those post-its all over their bodies.

Students end the game literally covered in their many unique strengths.


Activity Strengths is a crowd favorite. Have fun with this one! If you’re not the facilitator holding up the cards, do the post-it activities alongside the girls. They’ll be interested to see which skills you write down and find out which strengths you share.
— Tip from Rachel on the GDD team

part 4: leadership quiz

Led by Facilitator #3

Sitting at their team tables, students take a Leadership Quiz by passing 8 question cards (see the blue cards below) around the table, and tallying their answers in their Workshop Packet.

When the quiz is over, we pass out the Answer Key Cards so each student can discover their leadership style and personal strengths.


Since the quiz has 8 questions total, it works best to pass the quiz cards around tables of 8 students, so that everyone gets a card. If you have a team of 7, join in as the 8th player and take the quiz with them. If you have a team of more than 8, have students partner up to share a quiz card and answer the question together.

Have fun engaging with students and even creating a little suspense on what the different colors might stand for, before you reveal the Leadership Style Answer Keys!
— Tip from Natalya on the GDD team

part 5: mission statements

Led by Facilitator #4

Everyone comes together in the center of the room to play a fun game called “Cross-Roads." For the game, students close their eyes and try to find everyone else in the room that has the same leadership style as they do, while making the "sound" of their leadership style.

Afterwards, we sit down with students in huddle groups to discuss what each leadership style means, celebrate each other's strengths, and create our own personal mission statements.


In the huddle groups, sometimes we hear girls say things like, “I think I’m good at ____, but I don’t know if that makes me a leader.”

In this section of the workshop, the most important lesson that students can take away is that they are a leader for being exactly who they are. We believe there’s no such thing as being “either a leader or a follower” — we all lead in our own unique way, and each of our “leadership styles” are special and valuable to others.

This can be a big leap for students to make. You have an opportunity to guide them in seeing their leadership abilities in a beautiful new light!
— Tip from Jenna on the GDD team

part 6: next steps + celebration

To wrap up the workshop, students partner up and help each other brainstorm "next steps" for bringing their mission statements to life at school and in the real world.

At the very end, we all come together to share our mission statements with the rest of the group in an exciting final celebration.


Save the Mission Statements poster and try to find a special home for it after the workshop ends. Could you hang it in a school classroom or library? Maybe take a picture of it and email it out to the students’ parents?

Another idea is to give students a little journal to take home after the workshop ends. Encourage them to use their journal to keep brainstorming ideas for bringing their mission statement to life.
— Tip from the GDD team


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