Stories say so much about us—our likes, desires, dreams. The It's Your Story – Tell It! Leadership Journey series 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.
Healthy Living 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).
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