Middle School Programs

Strong Girls, Strong Leaders
A Leadership Program for Middle School Girls

By Tim Jordan, M.D.

Call Anne Jordan for questions or to book at 636-530-1883.

Building your inner resume and leadership skills

This program will allow girls the safe space they need to work on their social and emotional intelligences and to develop their inner resumes and leadership skills. They will learn about relational aggression, how to handle conflicts directly and effectively, express all their emotions in healthy ways, and develop closer and deeper friendships.

Areas of Focus

  • understand yourself and what makes others tick
  • communicate your needs assertively and respectfully
  • awareness of the patterns of relational aggressions and why they occur
  • understand the cost to girls personally and as a class/team/community when conflicts are not resolved and when aggressions are allowed to recur and fester
  • navigate the ins and outs of their friendships: not take things on; handle teasing, drama and other relational aggressions; develop deeper and closer friendships
  • know, understand, accept, and express all of your emotions in healthy ways
  • how to handle conflicts directly and effectively
  • set good boundaries in all their relationships
  • become aware of negative self talk and learn how to switch it

 

Leadership Development

  • be authentic, speak your mind, and command respect from your peers
  • stand up for yourself and other girls
  • take opportunities to be in charge by leading activities and exercises
  • help other girls work through issues and conflicts
  • run class meetings as a means to process through conflicts and current issues
  • develop skills of collaboration, brainstorming and teamwork
  • take responsibility individually and as a class/team for creating a safe, respectful, and caring learning community
  • 8th graders can work with girls in younger classrooms through modeling and
    teaching friendship skills as a mentoring program

How the program looks

SEMESTER 1

Option 1:

  • 2-3 hour initial meeting with girls in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade
  • 5 – 90 minute follow up meetings* spread out over the semester
  • 45 minute parent coffee with facilitators to describe the program, give parents ways to support their daughters learning and to answer any questions or concerns.
  • Work with a class of girls or with a group of girls designated as leaders or influential by counselors
    (maximum of 25 girls per group)

* The follow up meetings are designed to keep teaching new skills and to build on these skills with role-playing and practice and handling real issues among the girls.

Option 2:

  • 6 hour (full day) initial meeting with girls
  • 4 – 90 minute follow up meetings spread out over the semester
  • 45 minute parent coffee with facilitators to describe the program, give parents ways to support their daughters learning and to answer any questions or concerns.

Option 3:

  • Overnight retreat at retreat center for two days and one night.
  • 4 – 90 minute follow up meetings spread out over the semester
  • 45 minute parent coffee with facilitators to describe the program, give parents ways to support their daughters learning and to answer any questions or concerns.

Option 4:

  • After school program with parents paying per child for the program.
  • Students meet for 6 sessions for 90 minutes after school.
  • Minimum of 10 girls to run program, maximum of 20.

SEMESTER 2

(Completion of first semester program is required)

Leadership Training Sessions (6th and 7th grade)

  • Girls will learn how to present these friendship skills to younger girls (3rd – 5th grade) during second semester. The girls can also share stories about what they have experienced with friends and school, the cost of how relational aggression have costs them as individuals and as a class, as well as the benefit of doing things differently.
  • Selected 5th grade girls interact with the 6th grade group to gain a head start for the next year
  • 4- 90 minute meetings (preferred)

Leadership Training Sessions (8th grade):

Mentoring and Leadership Program

  • Teach 6th grade girls the friendship skills they’ve learned
  • Selected powerful 7th graders as part as the 8th grade group
  • Host a morning coffee for parents of the girls to inform them about our program and ways parents can support their daughters.
  • Host a workshop for teachers on ways to support girls in their classroom. Teachers will be encouraged to participate in most sessions with girls.