The Girls With Ideas curriculum has been and currently is being used by many different groups of girls around the world. Each group has had different girls, personalities, ideas, and leaders. All of these elements come together to create final projects that make an impact on the world around us. Sometimes, it is helpful to be inspired by other groups. Here are some examples of the projects done by our very own Girls With Ideas groups.
Sarasota Military Academy Prep
- This group of idea girls noticed that history books focused more on male leaders as opposed to females leaders throughout time. They wondered if this affected what leaders we know and refer to as role models.
- After discovering this, they decided to conduct a research project to find answers.
- They made a quiz with the faces of eight historical leaders from science, politics, and social science. Four of those leaders were male, four were female. They then asked people to identify who the leader was from their photo.
- Over the course of five weeks they gave their quiz to hundreds of people between the ages of 9 and 89. They asked their classmates at Sarasota Military Academy Prep and even went to the Sarasota Square Mall to get input from strangers.
"Our findings illustrate that both males and females identified the male historical figures with accuracy between 81-85%, whereas both males and females were able to identify the female historical figures with much less accuracy between 18-20%."
"This enormous discrepancy illustrates the dire need for female figures to be included in the school curriculum because it is giving the message that the only important people are males and we should strive to be like them, not females, which perpetuates the male idea that they are superior. Also, this limits the amount of leaders and role models for young girls who need someone that they can look up to."
- An involved community member and registered school counselor wanted to lead a Girls With Ideas group. She put together a group of girls and plans to do more in the future.
- After thinking about what they wanted to do for their community project, they decided that they wanted to help their local nursing home.
- They began by going to the nursing home and asking what supplies they needed.
- Then, they threw a scooter party at their school.
- What's a scooter party?
- They raised nearly $500
- They purchased items that the nursing home needed and delivered them as a group.
- After delivering their items, the girls volunteered their time to help with an activity.
- They plan on continuing their volunteering at the home even after the class is done.
San Jose, CA
- At Latimer School in San Jose, CA, a group of idea girls called themselves the Girls With Ideas Lunchtime Club. They paired up with a group of students from West Valley College.
- For their final project, the girls organized a book drive with the goal of donating books to organizations that distribute books to families in need.
- The book drive was overwhelmingly successful, and so they decided to begin the Little Free Library.
- At the Little Free Library, families and community members can take and replace books to keep a continuous free library for all to enjoy.
- They also offer canned food for community members that may be in need.
“Our goal is to have the Girls with Ideas lunch club maintain the Little Free Library while we continue to get the word out. After that, the community will supply the books. I am so incredibly proud of how hard these girls have worked in just 5 short months.” -Helma Lee, 2nd grade teacher and group leader