Starting the Gammagirls’ Program . . .
“I invited four friends to Gammagirls. We were so pumped; this was something different. It was stuff we could actually use, and we could do it together. -participant, age 13
“We were so pumped. We were like, ‘Oh, journals and t-shirts, and we’re going to talk about all this cool stuff!’” -participant, age 13
“My mom made me go to Gammagirls. I really didn’t want to go: I didn’t think I needed it. But then I went, and it was sweet.” -participant, age 15
The Other Group Members . . .
“With Gammagirls, everybody was open. Even after Gammagirls, we’d play Truth or Dare, but it would turn into Circle of Truth—sharing the truth about our lives. Then we’d end up having the deep conversations we had at Gammagirls.” -participant, age 13
“The Gammagirls were who we went to when we had problems.” -participant, age 15
“With most groups and sports teams, you’re friends just doing your thing. Once it’s over you never see each other again, and you never think of them. But, for a Gammagirls’ team, because we’re so open and because we shared stuff, we still try to get together. We guard each other’s backs. We check up on the other Gammagirls.” -participant, age 13
The Leaders . . .
“[Our leaders] really cared about us. It was not like, ‘You guys are only thirteen: what do you know?’” participant, age 13
“[The leaders] have the big Gammagirls book telling them exactly what to say to the girls, and telling them exactly when to play the game and why we’re playing the game. But might I say that our leaders went way off the book? We started off with the little topic that they had in the book and then we’d expand and go deeper and deeper. Soon we were way off topic . . . and, okay, back to the book . . . and then deeper and deeper . . . and then, okay, back to the book. We didn’t do half the stuff in the book because we went off onto other tangents about other issues.” -participant, age 13
The Journals . . .
“Every single page of my journal is filled with writing. Can you see any blank lines on this paper? Every single line is filled with writing!” -participant, age 13
Gammagirl Topics . . .
“My favourite topic was definitely the one on problem solving. I didn’t realize that my friends had so much to say because usually I’m really chatty and I dominate the conversation. During GammaGirls I found myself just being able to listen to them more and actually think about what they’re saying.” -participant, age 13
“The dating talk was the most pertinent. I was in a relationship at the time, so it really made me think about what I wanted in it, and if I wanted to continue it. I was dating a non-Christian. I wasn’t even sure I was in a good relationship or not. Eventually I broke up with him.” -participant, age 15
“I learned a lot from the sex unit. I know it’s just like, ‘Everyone knows about sex and what’s wrong with you?’ I thought so too, but then we learned about some of that stuff in sex that God doesn’t want you to do before marriage. I had no idea. I always thought ‘Sex is sex. There aren’t different kinds of sex.’ I thought you could do anything before marriage as long as it wasn’t ‘sex.’ That’s what I thought—not that I did. -participant, age 13
“I not a big communicator at all. Listening to other people and getting what they’re saying is hard. I know my mom is always like, ‘You’re so bad at communicating,’ because I’ll think I heard what someone said, but apparently that’s not what they said. Or sometimes I’ll say things, and I don’t mean to be mean, but then they’ll say, ‘Oh, you hurt my feelings when you did this.’ That’s another good part about opening up. I heard, ‘Oh, some girl did this,’ and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh! That was me! I did that!’ And I had no idea that they got sad about that because I was totally joking. I liked the communication part in Gammagirls. They talked about what you should and shouldn’t say. It taught me to be nice to people. -participant, age 13
“It changed me. Ever since I learned more about God, I’ve been more caring. I used to be passive, follow the crowd. I’m more of a leader now.” -participant, age 13