Growing Up Game Plan

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Description

A masterclass for preteens on being more confident, more prepared and less stressed as they navigate life.

What to Expect

Designed in collaboration with preteens themselves, this 6 week online course will set your preteen up to:

Celebrate who they really are
Come to terms with puberty
Use their inner power to honour, manage and express their emotions
Stand up for themselves and what they believe in
Foster healthy relationships
Stay safe and have fun online

And, as a result, you’ll feel:

Less overwhelmed
More empowered in your parenting
Relieved that your preteen has heard the messages you want them to hear
Grateful for less drama, more harmony, and more fun in your relationship
Like you’ve provided them with a fun and valuable learning experience

The Curriculum

Module 1: SMASHING THE BOXES: Breaking free from gender stereotypes.

Julie takes the lead in this module to talk about how gender roles and gender stereotypes have an influence on our identity.

Module 2: MONSTERS AND SUPERHEROES: Using your inner power to honour, manage and express your emotions.

This is where students meet their Monster (inner voice), Blob (representing emotions) and Superhero (their heart centre, intuition, tiny voice inside us that deserves a megaphone). Students learn how to mute their Monster so their Superhero can lead the way.

Module 3: STANDING UP: Being assertive in even the toughest situations.

In this module, Saleema shares her own story of being bullied in grade 5 and what she learned from that experience. She does some role plays with one of our influencers to demonstrate assertiveness skills.

Module 4: HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS: Making sure yours are HERI.

Brandy plays the role of a fortune teller in this one, predicting that students will have HERI relationships in their future. We’ll keep you in suspense about what HERI stands for, but Brandy stresses the importance of open communication, consent and boundary setting in both friendships and romantic relationships.

Module 5: PUBERTY Understanding, rolling with it, celebrating your body.

In this module we meet Brandy BiggerBoobs and Saleema SmellyPits, anchors of Puberty News Tonight who deliver their special report on preteens and body image as well as answer puberty questions from viewers.

Module 6: INTERNET LIFE Having fun and making smart decisions online.

Here, Brandy and Julie discuss tips on internet safety. As part of this module, students will be provided with a Social Media Shield, a toolbox for them to draw on so that being on social media is a positive experience. It includes concrete tips on posting and interacting with others, managing negative effects of social media on self esteem, and maintaining a healthy balance between their online and offline lives.