Leadership Journey Series
Stories say so much about us—our likes, desires, dreams. The It's Your Story – Tell It! Leadership Journey series, made possible by a grant from the Dove Self-Esteem Fund, gives girls the opportunity to tell their stories through a range of creative approaches. Self-esteem is a natural by-product of this Journey series because through storytelling and creative expression girls gain a deep understanding of themselves and their potential, and develop confidence to become leaders in their own lives and in the world.
Want to find out what girls do on each Journey? See journey descriptions (PDF)
Liked uniquely ME!? You'll Love It's Your Story – Tell It!
It's Your Story—Tell It! explores many of the same important themes found in uniquely ME! such as developing a strong sense of self, learning about the benefits of a balanced diet and physical activity, navigating healthy relationships, identifying ways to express yourself, and promoting well-being and confidence in others.
The It's Your Story –Tell It! Leadership Journey series helps girls develop practical life skills around healthy living by offering content and activities to develop physically, socially, and emotionally healthy lifestyles now and for their futures.
By engaging in this Leadership Journey series, girls get to:
Move and think in creative and physically challenging ways
Enjoy role-play that allows them to feel competent in real-life social situations
Learn healthful recipes and habits
Accordingly, research from the Girl Scout Research Institute shows that girls do not distinguish between physical, social, and emotional health but rather see them all as interrelated (The New Normal, What Girls Say About Healthy Living, GSRI 2006). Healthy Living activities are woven through all Girl Scout activities and It's Your Story – Tell It! is no exception. See some fun examples (PDF).
Activities and discussions woven into each grade-level It's Your Story—Tell It! Journey get girls thinking critically about the media, including its portrayal of girls and women. At the youngest level, the aim is to get girls to understand marketing tactics for young consumers. As girls get older, the focus shifts to the limited roles and opportunities that media bestows on women and girls, and the narrow definition of beauty that media displays. At the highest grade levels, girls consider the portrayals of relationships between girls and women. See more about leadership and media literacy for girls (PDF).
Statement of Trust
Girl Scouts of the USA creates national program materials to serve our vast and diverse community of girls. To help bring topics "off the page and into life," we sometimes provide girls—and their volunteers—with suggestions about what people across the country and around the world are doing, as well as movies, books, music, web pages, and more that might spark girl interest.
At Girl Scouts of the USA, we know that not every example or suggestion we provide will work for every girl, family, volunteer, or community.
In partnership with those who assist you with your Girl Scout group, including parents, faith groups, schools, and community organizations, we trust you to choose "real life topic experts" from your community, as well as movies, books, music, websites and other opportunities that are most appropriate for the girls in your area and that will enrich their Girl Scout activities.
Thank you for all you do to bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to life with girls, so that they become leaders in their own lives—and the future leaders the world needs!
The New Normal?
What Girls Say About Healthy Living
By Judy Schoenberg, Ed.M., Senior Researcher; Kimberlee Salmond, M.P.P., Research and Evaluation Analyst; Paula Fleshman, M.S., Research and Evaluation Analyst. (New York, N.Y.: Girl Scouts of the USA, 2006). 116 pp. (Executive Summary, 36 pp.)
On January 25, the Girl Scout Research Institute released a new original research report entitled The New Normal? What Girls Say About Healthy Living that combined focus group research with online surveys of more than 2,000 eight- to 17-year-old girls.
The New Normal? What Girls Say About Healthy Living sheds light on the childhood obesity crisis by asking girls directly how they define health and what motivates them to lead a healthier lifestyle. Findings suggest that today's girls are defining "health" on their own terms, placing the same value on emotional well-being and self-esteem as they do on diet and exercise. For girls, being healthy is more than just eating right and exercising; it is also about feeling good and being supported by family and peers. The study also highlights the important role that adults, and in particular mothers, play in shaping the healthy habits and self-perception of girls.
This report has also been translated into Spanish.