Smart-Girl: The Mission
The mission of Smart-Girl is to empower adolescent girls to make smart choices and become confident, capable, self-reliant young women. The Smart-Guy program prepares adolescent boys to make smart choices and grow into resilient, confident and upstanding young men.
Building Life Skills, Confidence and Potential
One of the most challenging periods of a young person’s life, and one that can set the course for years to come, is middle school. Middle school students rarely realize that decisions they make today can affect their lives tomorrow. Through a group mentoring program, Smart-Girl successfully engages middle school girls, and recently boys, in a research-based curriculum based on social-emotional intelligence. The program challenges students to think before they act, empowers them with tools and skills needed to successfully navigate adolescence and ultimately, helps them realize their full potential.
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Activity Based Format
Through its program structure, activity-based curriculum and mentor-led format, Smart-Girl/Smart-Guy help to:
- Reduce vulnerability to self-destructive behaviors
- Develop leadership, group and social skills
- Learn and practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Increase self-awareness and values that lead to success in life
Sessions focus on a variety of important topics, including, but not limited to: bullying prevention, communication skills, body image, media literacy and healthy relationships.
Sessions are led by what Smart-Girl calls “near-peer mentors” or “Guides” – something that makes the program truly stand out. High school and college students attend a 22 hour training called “Smart-Guide Leadership Institute” where they learn about the curriculum and how to manage group dynamics. Students can receive college credit for their participation in addition to gaining extremely valuable leadership skills.
Where do I find more information?
This is an exciting addition to our services, and you can read more about this wonderful program here at the Smart-Girl Website.