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Girls Inc. Identity Programs
Beginning in 2014-15 school year, we focused on delivering Girls Inc. Identity Programs to girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grades through partnering with Duval County Public Middle Schools.
We selected three programs that are all focused on building self-esteem and preventing unhealthy life choices. We meet with girls during health or physical education classes once a week, for a total of 32 weeks over the school year.
The Girls Inc. Identity Programs that we are delivering this year are:
Mind + Body
The curriculum in Mind + Body addresses each of the four issues that, according to research, play a major role in fortifying girls’ ability to develop and sustain strong minds and strong bodies:
Girls Inc. Friendly PEERsuasion develops the skills of girls ages 11 to 14 to resist pressure to use harmful substances, such as drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and household chemicals.
Friendly PEERsuasion targets the years during which girls begin to more fully experience and respond to influence and pressure from their peers to participate in risky behaviors. During the program, girls build their knowledge and skills for resisting negative peer pressure and unhealthy ways to respond to stress. Girls learn to identify healthy alternatives to risky behavior and invite peers to join them in acting on their smarter choice. Additionally, participants learn about various legal and illicit substances, responsible use of readily available prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements, and analyze media messages that glamorize substance use.
Participants also build leadership skills that help them plan and implement substance use prevention activities with groups of younger children ages 6 to 10, thereby reinforcing their own commitment to avoiding substance use.
Will Power – Won’t Power
In this program, girls build skills and strategies for dealing with sexual situations as they enter the most pressure-sensitive adolescent years, while also receiving medically accurate information. Interactive sessions center on values, relationships, female health and hygiene, separating sexual myths from reality, assertiveness and communication skills, identifying and resisting sexual pressures from the media and peers, avoiding risky situations, the benefits of abstinence, and the power of a positive sister support system.