Diverse group of 5th grade girls having fun in school

The nonprofit grant-funded PowerUp Girls for Life Program:

Essential skills for mental health, equality, safety, good relationships and success in a fun, active learning experience!

  • Educational series for 11- and 12-year-olds

  • Teaches practical tools for self-esteem, confidence, wise social media use, bullying defense, healthy relationships, school success, and much more!

  • Fun activities enhance learning

  • Young women lead small groups to make girls feel welcome and included

  • Previously piloted under the name PowerUp for Middle School


Want to bring life-changing empowerment programs to girls in your youth organization or school? Our grant funding allows us to offer free programs to host partners in after-school and summer programs.

host partner programs 2019

June 2019 College for Kids Programs

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Greeley, CO, April, 2019

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Scott Elementary School, Greeley, CO, Kim Perales, spring 2019

At multiple Weld County Clubhouses in fall of 2019

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Keenesburg, CO, April, 2019

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Starts April 1, 2019, coordinator Nico Ruscitti, 970-350-9576 Nico.Ruscitti@greeleygov.com

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Monfort Elementary School, Greeley, CO, 2020


PowerUp Girls for Life Curriculum

Provides skills and practical tools to defeat today's common threats to well-being and success such as:

  • stress, anger, anxiety, depression, self-harm

  • low self-esteem, negative body image

  • bullying, cyberbullying

  • social media

  • substance use

  • sexting

  • relationship conflicts, friendship problems, drama

  • dangerous situations

  • and sexual pressure and harassment

while giving girls foundations for equality and academic achievement in a welcoming, fun experience!

Para leer sobre el programa en español, haga clic aquí

SESSIONS

Active learning 30-minute sessions:

  • 5-minute screen presentation

  • 15-to 20-minute fun learning activity

  • discuss what was learned.

Sessions can be combined to fit timeframes desired by host partners. When hosted by the Youth Empowerment Group, the program is presented on 4 Saturday afternoons.

PowerUp Self-Esteem and Body Image Sessions

Welcome, orientation

Inside-out Mixer

Session 1: Self-Esteem and How to Build It

Activity 1: Positive affirmations sheet completion and sharing

Session 2: Why Self-Esteem Isn’t Entitlement

Activity 2: Is this self-esteem or entitlement game

Session 3: Things That Break Down Self-Esteem

Activity 3: Self-esteem builders and breakers relay race

Session 4: How To Form Positive Body Images During Puberty

Activity 4: Help! Give your leader advice to improve her unhealthy body image she describes

Session 5: Have Healthy Views of Being Female and Reject Being Sexualized (Valued Based on Looks and Sexiness)

Activity 5: Reject sexualized female images: picture sorting exercise and brainstorm

Program includes:

Female college and graduate student guides who help participants feel welcome and included, and lead small groups

Snacks and drinks

PowerUp T-shirts

Activities, games

Take-home materials for continued motivation and learning


Designed to help girls feel

 P repared
 O ptimistic
 W orthy
 E mpathic &
 R esilient
 U nder
 P ressure

they'll face during puberty and life


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Session 6: What Sexism Is and How It Harms Us

Session Bundle Wrap-up: How self-esteem and positive body images help us, questions and answers, home activities

PowerUp Coping with Emotions and Stress, & Solving Problems Sessions

Train wreck Mixer Game

Session 1: Brain Development Basics

Activity 1: Telephone game: brain development facts

Session 2: Feelings, Actions, and Thoughts Are Linked: Check Your Thoughts!

Activity 2-A: Emotion charades

Activity 2-B: Guess what she’s thinking game

Session 3: Depression, Anxiety, and Why Self-Harm Happens

Activity 3: Anxiety busting exercises

Session 4: PowerUp Your Coping Skills for Stress

Activity 4: The “Let it Go” game

Session 5: How Media and Substances Affect Coping

Activity 5: Name the media or substance racing game

Session 6: When to Get Help for Yourself or Others

Session 7: Decision Making and Problem Solving

Activity 7: Do the 5-step method for making decisions and practice solving problems like peer pressure

PowerUp Healthy Relationships, Conflict Solving, and Social Media Management Sessions

Session 1: Signs of Healthy and Unhealthy Friendships

Activity 1: Train wreck Mixer game

Session 2: Basics of Being a Good Friend

Activity 2: Good and bad listening game

Session 3: Friendship Making Skills

Activity 3: Chit-chat exercise

Session 4: Dating Myths and Reasons To Delay

Activity 4: Reasons to delay dating and sex relay race

Session 5: Conflict Resolving Skills

Activity 5: PowerUp your conflict resolving skills exercise

Session 6: Social Media and Drama Management

Activity 6: Group brainstorm: healthy ways to think about and react to given social media situations

Session 7: What Bullying Is and Isn’t

Activity 7: Is this bullying or not game

PowerUp Bully Defense, Equality, Safety, and School Success Sessions

Train wreck mixer game

Session 1: Stopping Bullies When They Mess with You

Activity 1: PowerUp your bully deflection actions

Session 2: Bystander Actions

Activity 2: PowerUp your bully bystander actions

Session 3: Boundaries of Safe Touch

Activity 3: Safe touch relay race

Session 4: PowerUp Protection against Sexting

(No activity but includes group quiz at end of presentation)

Session 5: PowerUp Sexual Harassment and Sexism Defense

Activity 5-A: Large group racing game: is this sexism, sexual harassment, or neither?

Activity 5-B: Practice your 5-finger stop sign defense against sexism and sexual harassment


Session 6: How Brains Learn and How to PowerUp Learning

Activity 6: PowerUp your brain for learning exercise

Session 7: Making Healthy Food Choices for Learning

Activity 7: PowerUp a plan for healthy brain food

Session 8: Keys to Academic Success

Activity 8: Make a plan for success in middle school classes

PowerUp Girls for Life Program Wrap-Up: parents are invited for wrap-up video and presenting PowerUp Toolboxes to girls

Notes to parents and guardians about discussions involving sexual topics:

  • Sexual activity is defined in simple terms as the touching or sharing of private body areas between two people with permission. Types of sexual activity and birth control are not covered in this curriculum.


PAST powerup for middle school EVENTS

SEPTEMBER, 2019

6th grade program, Greeley Recreation Center

MARCH AND APRIL, 2018

5th grade program, Windsor Community Recreation Center 

Thank you to all who participated in these fun, highly-rated programs piloted under the name PowerUp for Middle School. These led us to incorporate as the nonprofit Youth Empowerment Group and expand our program under its new name, PowerUp Girls for Life.

Past powerup girls for life events

MARCH AND APRIL, 2019

5th grade program, Greeley Family FunPlex

Please contact us if interested in being a program sponsor or host partner to empower girls in your community with our program!