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tutorials 

for teaching the Find Your Drive workshop

 

 

 

Basic Workshop Info

  • 2 hours long
  • 5-40 students max (we suggest 15-20)
  • 1 Lead Facilitator + 3 volunteers recommended
  • Gender-neutral materials
  • Geared towards middle-schoolers (ages 10-15)

 

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.

Additional questions? Check out our FAQ page.

part 1/6: Kicking things off

  • Introduce the workshop
  • Play a warm-up game
  • Break into teams and come up with team names
  • Introduce what it means to create "social change"

 

PART 2/6: BRAINSTORM RELAY RACE

  • Race around brainstorming as many ideas as you can for problems that apply to your hometown and the world
  • Choose 1 problem you feel most passionate about solving, that you want to focus on for the rest of the workshop
  • Reframe the problem you chose as an "opportunity" to create change

 

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

PART 3/6: ACTIVITY STRENGTHS

  • Look at each pair of Activity Strength cards and choose which skill resonates most with you (such as Writing or Coding)
  • Write your skill on a post-it and place it somewhere on your clothes or shoes
  • Keep playing until everyone is covered with post-its representing 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 to find out which strengths you share.
— Tip from Rachel on the GDD team

part 4/6: leadership quiz

  • Pass the Leadership Quiz cards around in a circle, with the question on the front and color answer on the back
  • Tally up your points for each color in your workshop packet
  • Check out the Answer Keys to discover your 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 5/6: mission statements

  • Play the game "Cross-Roads," where everyone closes their eyes and tries to find everyone else in the room that shares their leadership style, by making the sound of their leadership color
  • Sit down in huddle groups to talk about what each leadership style means to you, and celebrate each other's strengths
  • Create your own personal mission statement for making a difference in your community

 

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 way, and each of our leadership styles are important 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 6/6: next steps + celebration

  • Partner up and help each other brainstorm "next steps" for bringing their mission statements to life
  • Do a final celebration and share-out of everyone's mission statement

 

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

congratulations!

You're on track for teaching the Find Your Drive workshop for girls in your community.

 

 

Questions? Contact us at hello@girlsdrivingforadifference.com.