Who Am I?
What are the gifts I offer?
These are the two questions youth begin to explore in Leadership I: Authentic Self.
Building trust is a key component to this first leadership level. A variety of exercises entice youth to venture into cultivating a trust of self and in their bonds with others.
Youth discern, with the assistance of fellow participants, the characteristics making them compelling to others through a series of improvisational interactions. This day of discovery concludes with each girl creating a life size body collage interpreting their newly discovered compelling self.
Youth receive initial instruction into listening on multiple levels and the companion skill of effective communication. Progressive learnings on communication is also part of subsequent leadership sessions.
Each new group of young women have their own special dynamics and unique characteristics, and begin to establish themselves through community meetings. These gatherings are for youth to facilitate a conversation with each other by embodying the communication and listening skills they are learning. This element appears in each of level of the leadership programs.