Mid-Week Activities centered around...
Self-Esteem - "I brought
the girls downstairs to my television room and we had popcorn and soda and I
had them watch a video of "Johnny Lingo" that the church has out on tape. I
didn't tell them what they were going to watch, and asked them not to talk
during the film. Afterwards we gathered back together upstairs, and talked
about what we thought the movie was about. Some had some insightful ideas, and
questions about the facts of the story, and the moral to be learned. Then we
talked about self-esteem and whether or not other people influence how we feel
about ourselves and what we might be able to do about that. We talked about the
fact that beauty is what is inside not just the outside of ourselves. We talked
about how to treat both ourselves and other people too. Then for a concluding
craft, we had small mirrors that we made fun foam frames for and decorated with
sequins. So that they would be able to look at themselves and reflect on their
self-esteem. It was a very successful time and the girls really seemed to enjoy
it." (Idea by Carisa Barnett) ALSO: Here is an invitation idea
YW Connection (check out the link...it
has more great ideas).
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Pretty in Pink - The leaders and class presidency plan a three-week event to help the girls learn to love each girl in the class and to make new friends within the class. The “Pretty in Pink” kick-off is a motivational and inspiring evening where everything is done in pink. First have the young women read two scriptures: John 15: 9, 12 and Matthew 25:40. Then watch the video called “The Award.” Explain the “Pretty in Pink” program to all the girls. The young women choose out of a pink basket a pink plastic egg that has a name of one of the girls in the class inside. That girl would become her special friend for one week. The girls are given a calendar of the month with ideas of things they could do together listed for each week or they cane make up their own ideas. The only requirement is that they do something! Give the girls a bookmark to use all month to remind them to make their new friends a part of their life. Serve pink cake and pink raspberry frappe. The next week at Mutual the girls choose another name. Use a small card with the words “This week will be MOUNDS of fun with your new friend __________.” Wrap a fun-size Mounds candy bar in pink cellophane. The next week they choose another name. At the end of the third week, host a “Pretty in Pink Ending Party.” Share the scripture John 15:13 and show the video “The Last Leaf”. Each girl should come prepared to spotlight her three new friends by telling all the things she learned about them. Once again, all pink refreshments must be served. It is a great bonding exercise for the whole class.
Water Olympics - Several stations are set and the youth are divided into groups and rotated into each station to play water games. Of course the evening ends in a giant water fight. Some examples of the stations are: volleyball with teams holding a sheet or towel to toss the big water balloon back and forth over the net; transporting youth in a wheel barrow to a chair to a chair in a team relay race where they must pop a water balloon by sitting on it; pouring a cup of water into another cup of water over your shoulder to the person behind you without looking. Continue this relay down the line of your team to see which team can get the most water in a bucket at the end of the line. Other relay races are: water balloon between the knees, water balloon toss, anything that is wet is fun!
That’s Entertainment! - Decorate with red, black and white balloons. Make black cardboard top hats for the tables. Serve simple appetizers and 7-up. Show video clips that have been taken throughout the year of the young men and young women. Choose a few categories and make Academy Awards by spray-painting kewpie dolls gold and attaching them to a wood base.
Getting to Know You - If you would like to get to know the young women better and help them get to know each other, try this one. The young women rotate to three different rooms: first, this room has baby pictures of the young women and everyone has to guess who they are; the second room has a young woman trivia game where you have to guess which young woman did the crazy or exciting things from stories that leaders have collected from parents and siblings; the third room has all kinds of hearts for the girls to write notes of appreciation to their leaders (or their previous leaders if this is a new presidency). Everyone meets together at the end and tell the girls the answers to the games.
Understanding the Limitations of a Handicap - Young women rotate to different rooms where they experience or try to experience different handicaps. 1) wheelchair obstacle course (timed while open/shut door, pick things up, write on board, etc.); 2) learn sign language—someone teaches the girls to sign a song (no one can talk in the room); 3) blindfold obstacle course—have to step up on item like the curb using a stick to guide, get around furniture, etc.); 4) race and other activities using a walker, cane, and crutches. End the activity by having a woman who works with handicapped children talk to the girls about the value of each and every person regardless of appearance, etc. If possible have handicapped youth there to share some experiences and answer questions.