Saturday, January 29, 2011

"The Me I See" Self-Esteem Workshop with the Girls Scouts of Greater Cincinnati

Hello everyone! Today I had the pleasure of facilitating the self-esteem workshop for the girl scouts called, “The Me I See”! Let me tell you I had a blast! The girls seemed to really enjoy themselves as well! I began by asking them what they thought self esteem was. A few answers I got were, “It’s the way other people see you,” or “Oh! I know! It’s how you feel about yourself,” or “Ummm, I don’t know.” We then explored the definition of self-esteem and its significance in our day-to-day lives.  We played a game called The Four Corners. In this game, the words, “yes,” “mostly yes,”  “no,” and “mostly no,” are placed in four corners of a room. The girls then had to run to a corner after being asked a series of yes or no questions. There were questions like, “Are cats better than dogs,” “Are boys are smarter than girls,” and “Are popular girls happier than unpopular girls?” We then watched a video showing how advertising companies “fix” a model to make her look perfect, literally. The video showed how the companies use photo shop to edit the way someone looks to make them “fit” into this perception of beauty. After watching the video, many of the girls just sat in awe because they had no clue that people would do such a thing. Many of them said that they liked the way the model looked before they changed her. We also did an activity where we wrote positive things on a plastic cup and made a great pyramid of positive words, using the cups, symbolizing how encouragement and positive things can build someone’s self-esteem. We then wrote negative things on a piece of paper and threw them at our pyramid destroying all the positive things. This symbolized how saying negative things can destroy someone’s self-esteem. One of the activities the girls seemed to enjoy the most was called the Identity Activity. There was a sticker placed on everyone’s forehead that had a phrase. There were phrases such as laugh at me, try to avoid me, feel sorry for me, and many more. Whatever the phrase said on the girl’s head was how she was treated throughout the entire activity! The girl’s had to figure out what their sticker said without being told! There we many other things we did together as well. They designed paper bags, wrote encouraging notes to each other, and even had to be interviewed about their talents and strengths. We then closed with each girl earning her participation certification, her badge, her very own appreciation journal, and even a piece of candy! On many of the evaluation forms, the girls said they liked the experience and that there was nothing that they would change about it. They also said that they felt this workshop was very important and that it needed to be continued for other girls to experience. Many of them said they would change by encouraging other people and sticking up for someone when they hear “put-downs”. There was one comment that stood out to me. When an anonymous girl was asked, “Would you add any other activities to this workshop” on her evaluation form she responded, “Snack time!” My sister, Kaira Walton, and I laughed out loud! After everything, the girls said their goodbyes and even made some new friends! Until next time,
Brittainy Walton
Miss Black Ohio USA 2011

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