In one activity, a situation is described where “Carla” hates her nose and is saving up all of her allowance and pay from small jobs in the neighborhood, counting the days until she could change the way her nose looked. Even though she didn’t know how much the surgery would cost, she saved and saved, missing out on opportunities to use her money to have fun with her friends. Following the story, the girls have discussion questions that ask them to examine the situation and consider explanations and alternatives.
With each activity, comes a realization that our girls are facing adult situations at younger ages and we must educate them now. The curriculum provides the Clubs with a unique opportunity to enable instructors to promote positive values and behavior, while establishing positive peer pressure among young girls who are in a critical transitional period of adolescence. This encourages development of positive attitudes in the face of opposing negative pressures that so often influence behavior at that age.
This program helps drive positive outcomes for youth in the Healthy Lifestyles by allowing girls to explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they build skills for healthy eating, staying physically fit, being aware of the importance getting good healthcare, and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.
Through SMART Girls, the Clubs are fostering confident and accomplished young women, a social investment that guarantees powerful returns for generations to come. We are building a legacy of caring for tomorrow’s leaders.