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Stories say so much about us—our likes, desires, dreams. The It's Your Story – Tell It! Leadership Journey series, made possible by a grant from the Dove Self-Esteem Fund, gives girls the opportunity to tell their stories through a range of creative approaches. Self-esteem is a natural by-product of this Journey series because through storytelling and creative expression girls gain a deep understanding of themselves and their potential, and develop confidence to become leaders in their own lives and in the world.
Want to find out what girls do on each Journey? See journey descriptions (PDF)
Liked uniquely ME!? You'll Love It's Your Story – Tell It!
It's Your Story—Tell It! explores many of the same important themes found in uniquely ME! such as developing a strong sense of self, learning about the benefits of a balanced diet and physical activity, navigating healthy relationships, identifying ways to express yourself, and promoting well-being and confidence in others.
The It's Your Story –Tell It! Leadership Journey series helps girls develop practical life skills around healthy living by offering content and activities to develop physically, socially, and emotionally healthy lifestyles now and for their futures.
By engaging in this Leadership Journey series, girls get to:
Accordingly, research from the Girl Scout Research Institute shows that girls do not distinguish between physical, social, and emotional health but rather see them all as interrelated (The New Normal, What Girls Say About Healthy Living, GSRI 2006). Healthy Living activities are woven through all Girl Scout activities and It's Your Story – Tell It! is no exception. See some fun examples (PDF).
Activities and discussions woven into each grade-level It's Your Story—Tell It! Journey get girls thinking critically about the media, including its portrayal of girls and women. At the youngest level, the aim is to get girls to understand marketing tactics for young consumers. As girls get older, the focus shifts to the limited roles and opportunities that media bestows on women and girls, and the narrow definition of beauty that media displays. At the highest grade levels, girls consider the portrayals of relationships between girls and women. See more about leadership and media literacy for girls (PDF).
Girl Scouts of the USA creates national program materials to serve our vast and diverse community of girls. To help bring topics "off the page and into life," we sometimes provide girls—and their volunteers—with suggestions about what people across the country and around the world are doing, as well as movies, books, music, web pages, and more that might spark girl interest.
At Girl Scouts of the USA, we know that not every example or suggestion we provide will work for every girl, family, volunteer, or community.
In partnership with those who assist you with your Girl Scout group, including parents, faith groups, schools, and community organizations, we trust you to choose "real life topic experts" from your community, as well as movies, books, music, websites and other opportunities that are most appropriate for the girls in your area and that will enrich their Girl Scout activities.
Thank you for all you do to bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to life with girls, so that they become leaders in their own lives—and the future leaders the world needs!