ACTIVITIES / RESOURCES
Choose whatever resources work for your group, your setting, and time frames. You may want a quiet chill activity, simply hanging and eating together, group dance or zumba party, crafts, bake off, or dive deep into resources around issues girls are facing.
These are just suggestions and ideas – the sky is the limit.
The real focus of the event is on empowering guests to ChooseREAL in their everyday lives, to share their stories, encourage one another, have a platform to practice and celebrate being REAL, and be inspired to be brave and courageously choose to live out the truth that they are more than enough, just as they are.
These additional activities and resources can take guests on a journey of self-discovery, equip them with tools, provide a platform for sharing, or an outlet of fun and release. We have broken them into 4 sections:
- Chill Activities
- Active Group Activities
- Creative Activities
- Empowering Resources / Activities
Don’t stress about the activities, let them just be add ons to the core message.
With these resources, you could even do multiple events or monthly / quarterly sessions.
SHARE YOUR FAVOURITE RESOURCES AND EVENT ACTIVITIES WITH US TO INSPIRE AND ENABLE OTHERS IN THEIR DIY EVENTS.
More information / downloads / instructions etc are at the bottom of the page.
Fill out ChooseREAL STORY response cards together
You could even set up a stage or space where girls can then be empowered by sharing their story with everyone. This can be such an affirming platform. You could also take polaroids or pictures of the girls with their stories as gifts to remind them of their REAL value when they feel lost.
Who doesn’t love being encouraged? There are so many ways to do this activity:
- Lay out papers, pens, decorative items and allow girls to make encouragements for others
- Have a wall of envelopes, each with someone’s name (give labels to people when they arrive to stick on an envelope). Then everyone can be filling out encouragements for lots of people throughout your event
- Pair up – have some get to know each other games / questions and then write an encouragement for each other
Give everyone paper and pens to write a letter to their younger self – a letter of encouragement, advice I now know, how its all going to be alright, to embrace their real identity etc. Again, girls may want to share these with others as an affirmation. This can also be really great if your event has multi generations – being encouraged by those who have gone before you and also getting insight from those in different situations and those younger than you too.
Letter to My Future Self
Writing a letter you can read in the future – can be an encouraging note, things you are working on now, dreams, achievements, reminders – whatever you want. Then you can be encouraged later by how far you’ve come or reminded of your worth.
FOOD / DRINKS
- Make and drink smoothies, hot chocolates, fresh juices
- Set up an Icecream Sunday Bar
- Make your own cookies, decorate cupcakes, friendship fudge ++
Massages, nails, hair, facemasks, face-painting
Different ways you can use these cards and encourage girls to invite others to join them:
- Encouragement Cards
- Pass it on
- Finders Keepers
- Share and Declare
- Bocce, ring toss, finska / klop, giant jenga
ACTIVE GROUP ACTIVITIES:
Dance Party – let go of expectations and just dance like no one’s watching – the sillier, the better. Either watch youtube dance lessons together, come up with a group routine, play Just Dance, have a disco, barn dance, or freestyle dancing. You could even theme your event to be 70’s lycra.
Zumba Party – let those shimmys free you and bring on the laughter. Get an instructor or enthusiast, or watch a youtube sesh together
Group fun workout – get the heart pumping!
All-in group games or sport – great way to connect and have fun! Could have teams / challenges or all together, encouraging wide-games (clues to ChooseREAL), minute to win it, sporting fun, inside or outside messy games, theater sports.
Sing Star or Karaoke Party – let it rip!
Trivia – could be around inspirational people and being REAL.
There are so many creative activities you can run – whether you have different options for girls to choose, or a round-robin style or all in creative projects. We have collated and created lots of resources and HOW TOs to help get those creative juices flowing, as well as links to ideas.
EMPOWERING RESOURCES / ACTIVITIES:
Esteem Designz Program is a creative program building self-esteem, identity and confidence in girls. Girls are equipped with key skills and tools to endure and thrive through life’s challenges. Anyone can empower girls – easy to use, cost effective, highly engaging, flexible, endless benefits and incredible results.
Free Online Resources ADDRESSING TEEN ISSUES
Esteem Designz has also created additional online / printable resources that specifically address some of the key issues teen girls are facing, providing practical activities and tools to help them better understand and overcome these debilitating pressures. These resources include videos, creative exercises, discussion points, group work, worksheets/journalling, printable cards + more.
A lot of the activities within the chill section can also be very empowering and affirming.
Have us come in and run our ChooseREAL Workshop - How To Courageously ChooseREAL Everyday and Know That No Matter What, We Are More Than Enough. Interactive Experience + Breakout Activities + Tangible Tools. More info.
We have collated empowering clips/films - girls love diving into these. Watch and start a conversation, create discussions around the topic - what stood out for you, what can we learn, how did it make you feel, how can it help you in your journey, what can you share with someone else etc. Link to WATCH RESOURCES.
CHILL ACTIVITY RESOURCES
ChooseREAL RESPONSE CARDS
More info on sharing your stories
FOOD AND DRINKS
MORE THAN ENOUGH CARDS
CREATIVE ACTIVITY RESOURCES
We have collated some DIY creative activities you could do at your ChooseREAL Event:
How to create a Vision Board
Empowering Activity Resources
Esteem Designz Program
HOW ESTEEM DESIGNZ CAN WORK FOR YOU +
Eseem Designz Program is a comprehensive and targeted resource designed to champion girls (pre-teens to young adults) to know and be confident in their REAL identity and value, as well as see and encourage the value of others.
GIRLS ARE EQUIPPED WITH KEY SKILLS AND TOOLS TO FLOURISH IN LIFE - ALL THROUGH CREATIVITY.
HOW IT WORKS . . .
Esteem Designz Program is based on fun, interactive and meaningful Design Projects and activities to resource organisations and individuals to engage, equip and empower girls.
The Design Projects are expressive and practical tools / coping strategies that the girls can continue to use throughout life.
WHAT YOU GET . . .
Each girl receives a beautifully packaged kit; ready to go and easy to use – which means all the work is done for you, and the Facilitator’s Resource Manual is also easy to use and flexible to meet your group needs.
BENEFITS . . .
As the girls create the 5 Design Projects/tools and engage in group discussions, they create authenticity and confidence in who they really are, discover their unique characteristics, celebrate differences instead of comparing, grow in friendships and unity, social and emotional skills, build resilience, achieve goals that boost self-confidence and worth, learn practical strategies to overcome challenges and change, and respect and engage positively with themselves, those around them and their community, and more.
HOW TO USE . . .
Esteem Designz Program is very flexible to meet your group needs. There are 5 carefully focused stages, each with a specific Design Project + Discussion Points + Interactive Activities, that can be run over a time frame to suit you. The most common being 8-10 weeks for 45mins-1hr – however, many options are available. Esteem Designz can be implemented within in-school programs, small groups, welfare programs, mentoring, camps + +
Target Age: Girls in grade 5-10 (10-16yrs old - effectively used with pre teens and young adults too).
Participating in Esteem Designz Program is a joyful, uplifting and transforming experience.
ONE-ON-ONE USE / A BEAUTIFUL GIFT . . .
The Girl’s Resource Kits can also be a gorgeous and meaningful gift; for girls to complete on their own or with a special friend (parent, mentor, sibling, friend).
Why not invest in this life-affirming gift for the next birthday, Christmas or just because you love them!
Proven Program . . .
Esteem Designz has been implemented in over 180 schools, welfare and community organisations across Australia, with 1,400 girls being equipped and empowered and impacting the girls around them.
Testimony . . .
Jas, Grade 8 Participant - Through Esteem Designz I discovered more about myself and learnt to trust and believe in who I am. Through the awesome projects I now know that I can cope with anything and learnt really helpful ways to deal with life. I also learnt that we all have a purpose and not to put others or ourselves down. I feel much more confident in myself.
So many more online.