What, specifically, is my daughter learning each week?
Each session is two hours long. Here is an overview of each week:
Week 1: About Gammagirls
In this introductory week, Gammagirls participants meet their Mentors and each other. They will begin to understand why the concept of Gammagirls is important, what a Gammagirl is, and how to become one. Topics discussed include being a self-leader, creating/increasing trust in a relationship, and when to trust.
Week 2: The Art of Communication
During this session, the girls will learn about the importance of developing and practicing good communication skills. Topics discussed include communication skills, how to create open-ended questions, and being a listener.
Week 3: Hidden Message: The Impact of the Media
This week, the girls will learn the importance of practicing discernment in a media-saturated society. Topics discussed will include understanding what influences our choices and actions, recognizing fads and trends, examining how the media portrays men and women, and learning to think critically.
Week 4: What I Like About Me: Positive Self-Image
This session encourages participants to consider the importance of having a healthy, balanced self-image. Topics discussed include recognizing that the “ideal” images portrayed in the media are often unattainable, appreciating the function of our bodies instead of just the appearance, and recognizing the unique abilities of each person.
Week 5: Silent Conversations: Understanding Your Inner Voice
In this session, the girls learn about the empowering benefits of managing their inner voices and setting appropriate boundaries. Topics discussed include recognizing these “inner voices”—the subconscious thoughts and ideas that often affect our decisions and beliefs about ourselves and others. Participants will learn to combat negative self-thoughts, and to set and enforce boundaries.
Week 6: Taking Action: Problem Solving and Assertiveness
This week’s material discusses the importance of effectively confronting and resolving problems. Topics discussed include handling conflict, communicating assertively, understanding personal responsibility in problem solving, and recognizing problems and dealing with them effectively.
Week 7: Sex, God, and You: Healthy Sexuality for Teens
This session will expose the girls to the issues of sex and sexuality within the context of biblical purity, for which they were designed. Topics discussed include the biblical principles of sex, factual information about sex, the importance of a healthy understanding of sexuality in relation to dating, self-presentation, abstinence, the importance of personal and relational boundaries, and “refusal skills” and techniques for protecting and respecting boundaries.
Week 8: To Do or Not to Do: Managing Risk
During this session, the girls will learn how to better manage the risks associated with living and functioning in the world. Topics discussed include evaluating choices/assessing risk, establishing escape routes for various situations, self-defense techniques, and discerning between healthy fears and fears that hold us back
Week 9: Big Problems, Little Problems: Being a Real Friend
Throughout this week’s material, the girls will explore how to choose and nurture healthy friendships. Topics discussed include identifying qualities that make a good friend, being a good friend, understanding the importance of the give–and–take of friendship, loving ourselves so that we can love others, evaluating safety versus confidentiality, recognizing when a situation is too big to handle without help, increasing awareness of available help resources, and applying effective problem-solving methods.
Week 10: Honoring your Dreams: Graduation Party!
In this final session, the girls will recognize that dreams and goals are necessary steps along the path to their futures, and will celebrate their Gammagirls graduation. Participants will learn how to pursue dreams and break them down into manageable and realistic goals. They will review the major Gammagirls concepts. Most importantly, they will celebrate everyone’s successful completion of the program.