Girlz R.U.L.E.® (Respect, Understand, Lead, Empower) helps girls in grades three through eight learn the positive and negative power of their words and how to show and share respect for each other. This interactive anti-bullying initiative is delivered by trained Girl Scout facilitators over an eight-week period. It can also be used as one module in an ongoing series of programs that deal with issues such as self-esteem, body image, and healthy behaviors.
Girlz R.U.L.E.® is a “challenge initiative” program which
gives directions to a group requiring all participants to work together
to solve the given task. The exercises include role-playing games and
physical problem solving activities that can be used as metaphors for
situations girls frequently encounter. They serve to improve
communication skills, while creating an atmosphere of cooperation and
common purpose through brainstorming.
Each session is three parts:
- Warm Up - This is a chance for girls to get ready for the challenges. It is opportunity for the girls to meet new girls and get comfortable with the facilitators. This can also be known as an ice-breaker.
- Challenge - The challenge activities are designed for the girls to develop effective communication and work on problem solving. Each challenge has time built in to it for the girls to plan, understand the plan, and then try the plan. They also have the chance to fine tune their plan and try again. Girls learn early on that it is key for them to agree upon the plan for each challenge.
- Reflection - This is the closing of each Girlz R.U.L.E.® session. Girls choose up to three feelings/Chi Chi Cards and are asked to share how they think they worked as a team today. This is a time for quiet, and no one may comment on another girls card, just the facilitator.
Beyond the Sessions
The Girlz R.U.L.E.® program is also used with the Cadette aMaze Journey.
Through continued support from the Fairfield County Community Foundation Fund for Women and Girls, GSOFCT was able to create two cyber bullying programs for girls. Using the Girlz R.U.L.E.® program we were able to expand our curriculum with a strong emphasis on addressing the issue of cyberbullying. There is a program for elementary girls and middle school aged girls. Both of these programs have an online component to encourage girls to have positive online interactions. Each session has a family informational support take-home pieces which are content and grade specific to provide parents with ways to talk to their girls and to monitor their activity online.
Contact Nancy Bajek at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on upcoming trainings!
Girls, parents, and teachers can also visit StopBullying.gov for more information to learn more about bullying prevention, how to deal with bullies, and the look up laws and regulations by state.
Become a Girlz R.U.L.E.® Facilitator!
Volunteers and Girl Scout Ambassadors are needed to facilitate this program to girls in grades
three through eight, which may be offered during school hours,
immediately after school, or in one-day workshops or events.
Find out more about our other Signature Initiatives!