Being new to the Girls Inc. family, I am constantly learning new things. Every time I observe a session or co-facilitate in place of one of our volunteers, I am stunned by the outstanding curriculum and the reception of it by the girls.
On Thursday, November 4th, I was observing a Work It Out session at Wendell Phillips IPS #63, when I had the opportunity to observe the creation of a group mural. In the absence of chart paper, the volunteers improvised and used a long roll of banner paper. The paper stretched across two tables. The girls, who were sitting on either side of the tables, had an opportunity to draw words and symbols that represented a good friend.
Almost immediately, some of the girls were inspired to say “smart,” “funny,” or “nice.” They also took the time to ask questions, like “can I draw a peace sign?” Each girl had a great idea of what a good friend is and what an image of that looks like. Upon completion of the mural, it embodied what each girl believes a good friend looks like. Whether they “help people,” are “creative or positive,” or will “cheer you up” when you’re down. It amazes me that at the age of 12 these girls really know what it is that makes a good friend. The lessons that they are learning in Girls Inc. will definitely reach beyond the classroom, and that is what it is all about.