The Girls With Ideas curriculum is 20 lessons broken into 4 major sections. Each lesson includes an introduction, one or more activities, discussion questions, and ideas that will make your instruction more unique. Each section an lesson is described below. Want to see more? Download our sample lesson to see it for yourself!
Key skills: building relationships, establishing boundaries and routines, navigating differences, empathy
This section is about styles of leadership that make leaders successful. By establishing a positive and fun culture within your Girls With Ideas group, you create a space where the girls can be themselves and gain confidence. Not only will they learn about their own leadership abilities in this section, they'll learn from the stories of other confident, creative girls just like them.
Lesson 1: Calling All Girls With Ideas
Girls will get to know each other and learn about what to expect from Girls With Ideas.
Lesson 2: What is a Leader?
Girls will learn about leadership and the qualities of a leader.
Lesson 3: Different Types of Leaders
Girls will learn about leadership styles and other girls who had great ideas.
Lesson 4: Your Leadership Style
Girls will take the Girls With Ideas Leadership Style Quiz and discover if they are an Arrow, Heart, Anchor, or Lightning Bolt leader.
Lesson 5: Leadership Styles in Action
Girls will put their leadership styles to work in a team building activity.
Key skills: creativity, brainstorming, sharing ideas, critical thinking, vulnerability, teamwork
This section is about creativity and ideas. Girls will learn about different types of ideas, while also flexing their creative muscles and collecting as many ideas as they can. Brainstorming and teamwork will ultimately help them identify the idea they want to work on as a group.
Lesson 6: Different Types of Ideas
Girls will learn about ideas that other young girls made happen.
Lesson 7: Flexing Your Creative Muscles
Girls will practice creativity and develop ideas.
Lesson 8: Becoming An Idea Collector
Girls will learn how to explore their world to look for ideas.
Lesson 9: Brainstorming
Girls will learn to brainstorm as a group.
Lesson 10: Picking An Idea
Girls will select an idea to solve a problem a problem or opportunity.
Key skills: critical thinking, research, entrepreneurship, teamwork, expressing ideas, asking for what you need, persuasive communication, accountability
This section is about the work that goes into the implementation of an idea. This section can be altered to last different amounts of time depending on what ideas the girls have and how much support and time you can give as a facilitator.
Lesson 11: Validating and Mapping an Idea
Girls will validate an idea and create an action plan.
Lesson 12: Thinking It Through
Girls will research missing information about their idea.
Lesson 13: Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Girls will make a budget and assign roles to implement the plan based on strengths of each team member.
Lesson 14: Get To Work
Girls will work on their action items.
Lesson 15: Starting A Movement
Girls will think about how they will tell other people about their idea.
Lesson 16: Still Working
Girls will continue to work on their action items.
Key skills: celebrating success, learning from failure, resilience
This section is about reflecting on making an idea happen. Confidence comes from trying, doing, and working hard.
Lesson 17: The End Of An Idea
Girls will learn how to end an idea.
Lesson 18: Being A Girl Leader
Girls will talk about what it's like to be a girl leader.
Lesson 19: Being A Confident Leader
Girls will about what it's like to be confident.
Lesson 20: Putting It All Together
Girls will connect what they learned through Girls With Ideas to being confident, creative leaders who have the skills to make ideas happen.