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Take Action Activity 4:
Reflect and Celebrate!

Activity Objective: Girls reflect on their experience.

Toward Leadership Outcomes:

Through this activity, girls will:

  • Develop a strong sense of self—Girls have confidence in themselves and their abilities, feel they are able to achieve their goals, and form positive gender, social, and cultural identities. (Discover)
  • Gain practical life skills—Girls have increased confidence in their ability to succeed in math and science. They are more knowledgeable of how science, technology, engineering, and math affect everyday things in their environment globally and locally. They think about their financial needs and how they can be met, and they understand the impact of financial transactions on their lives. (Discover)
  • Promote cooperation and team building—Girls can build effective teams, learn to be accountable for their shared goals, and show recognition for others' accomplishments and contributions. (Connect)
  • Feel connected to their communities—Girls feel that they are part of a larger community and recognize the importance of building diverse, supportive, social networks for their personal and leadership development. (Connect)
  • Feel empowered to make a difference—Girls feel empowered to use their leadership skills to effect change in their lives and their world, and their contributions are valued in the larger community. (Take Action)

Experience Overview:

  • 2 min. Introduction (Talking Points)
  • 20-30 min. Group Reflection
  • 10-15 min. Individual Reflection (Journaling)

Supplies Needed:

  • Journals and pens or pencils (enough for each girl)

Prepare Ahead:

  • Read over the entire activity before meeting with girls.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

» Introduction (Talking Points) (2 minutes)

  • Say something like this: "Congratulations on completing your Take Action project! You each worked hard, and you deserve to celebrate. Today we will take a little time to look back on what we did, and what we achieved. It is a chance to reflect on our entire experience, both as a group and individually."

» Group Reflection (20-30 minutes)

Have girls sit in a circle for a group discussion about their Take Action project
and ask girls:

  • "Think back for a moment...why did you pick this issue?"
  • "Did you achieve what you wanted?"
  • "How do you think you did as a team?"
  • "What was the best part of taking action?"
  • "What was the most challenging part of the process?"
  • "What would you change for next time?"
  • "What did others say about your project?"

» Individual Reflection (10-15 minutes)

Distribute pens or pencils and ask girls to write in their journals, using the following prompts (about three minutes for each):

  • The best part about working with the group on this project was…
  • By doing this Take Action project, I learned…
  • I can use what I learned through this project in other areas of my life by…