Next month, GSUSA launches an innovative bullying-prevention initiative for middle-school girls. BFF, which stands for Be a Friend First (a name that girls selected) is based on the popular aMAZE! Leadership Journey.
Working with volunteers, girls learn relational and leadership skills to short-circuit bullying behavior when it happens and prevent it from happening in the first place. BFF uses role playing, creative writing, and discussion exercises, through which girls explore thorny issues like peer pressure, stereotyping, gossip, and cliques.
As part of BFF, girls also create and lead projects in their schools and communities to tackle bullying issues. BFF integrates easily into existing health or character education classes, can serve as an after-school program, and may even be offered during a holiday break. Councils will launch this important initiative in their communities this winter.
Call Dawn or check back at http://www.GSMW.org for more info.