By Leah Oviedo
This curriculum was created to accompany the book; I Am More Than Just a Girl. I hope you can use this curriculum for the young women you work with. As the famous equal rights crusader, Mary Wollstonecraft said "I do not wish for women to have power over men, but power over themselves". This is not anti male. It is pro female, pro equality, and pro individual. This is designed to teach young women that they are in control of their bodies, minds and emotions.
My goal is teaching young women to have the confidence to take on the world despite challenges and obstacles life brings. The approach of this curriculum is to inspire young women to be unafraid to ask questions, create their own opinions and not rely on what they see in the media.
Challenging popular beliefs can be intimidating so I have created a format for you to use along with the book. Young women need positive reinforcement to back up the lessons in this curriculum. That is where you can make a difference. Discussions and creative exercises are important to create a fun and enjoyable learning experience. As the leader, you may want to use personal and or local situations reported in the news to help young women connect with these lessons. Creating an ongoing dialogue with this book is recommended. Gender inequality and individual empowerment are too invasive in our society for one program to solve everything. I recommend using this book in your ongoing education and empowerment of young women.
This book and curriculum includes the following:
- A brief introduction about women's rights from the late 1800's to the present and a discussion about creating positive change in our lives and communities.
- Creative exercises with affirmations, meditation, and positive body image.
- Guide to self defense using illustrated images showing specific moves and a discussion about staying aware and safe in all surroundings.
- Stress and anger management. Using positive words, thoughts and actions through our daily lives.
- Creative exercises with motivational techniques and journal therapy. Honesty is encouraged.
- Education, volunteering, community involvement and careers.
- Caring for our bodies and minds with laughter, exercise, meditation and yoga.
- Relationships, sexual assault, domestic violence and bullying. This includes a list of hotline resources concerning problems such as suicide, eating disorders, pregnancy, assault, runaways, child abuse and LGBT.
- Acceptance and tolerance. This book includes journal pages and instructions for various creative and motivational exercises.
How to Use This Curriculum: It is divided into two sections. Part one includes topics for discussion. Each topic includes a goal, discussion points, and questions. There is space in between each line for you to write your own notes. Part two includes creative exercises and activities.