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Adult - Agent Of Change
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    HOW TO GUIDE GIRL SCOUT JUNIORS ON AGENT OF CHANGE IT’S YOUR WORLD — CHANGE IT! A LEADERSHIP JOURNEY

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    Awards Along the Journey AWARDS ALONG THE JOURNEY The Agent of Change offers girls a chance to earn three awards—the Power of One Award, the Power of Team Award, and the Power of Community Award. In keeping with circular symbols often used to represent community and sharing (and Dez’s own spider web), these awards are circular, too—and build on each other from the inside out. To earn the Power of One Award, girls: • discover and share the powerful story of a forgotten woman or girl from around the world who mobilized others and made a difference • use their own “power log” to discover all the ways their strengths and powers help them create change in the world • discover what the Girl Scout Law and true “heroines” share To earn the Power of Team Award, girls connect with their Girl Scout crew to: • create a short “supergirl” story, comic, or TV script in which the characters take one small situation they care about and strive for long-lasting community change • make a team decision and write their team hopes for a Take Action Project that reaches into a community network to solve a problem together with community members To earn the Power of Community Award, girls • take action on their plan, reach out, join others and get them involved, and start something that snowballs into a change in their world • join in their Girl Scout Junior circle to reflect on what they accomplished and celebrate it 10

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    Tracking the Girls’ Progress The Journey Power Award Tracker that begins on page 8 of the girls’ book lets the Juniors record their progress throughout the journey. Encourage them to fill it in as they complete each step toward an award. By journey’s end, they’ll see just how powerful a Girl Scout team and the community can be together. Three Ceremonies or One Big One? The girls may want to decide ahead of time whether to have award ceremonies as they earn each award or at the end, to celebrate earning them all. Power, Connections, and Commitment In Girl Scouts, power is about acting thoughtfully to make something better. When girls join together to develop and encourage personal skills, they find power both as individuals and as a group. They also gain a personal connection and commitment to their team, and this strengthens their involvement in whatever the team chooses to do. AWARDS ALONG THE JOURNEY What If a Girl Misses an Award Step? Find a way for her to do something similar to what she missed so she can still earn the award with her team. If she misses the day that the team shares its heroine stories, she can partner with another girl and trade stories. If she misses out on creating a superhero story with the team, she can create a new ending or “what if“ scenario for it. If she misses some Take Action time, she can take the lead in a follow-up step, such as interviewing those who participated, and then share what she learned. When girls miss a team meeting, your goal is to assist them in finding ways to have the same learning and growing opportunity—and to understand how they can contribute to the team. Girls may not have the exact same experience but they can each take away new insights, connections, and a sense of accomplishment. As you guide girls through meaningful challenges, you might call on the full team of Juniors to brainstorm together about how girls who miss some steps can best get back on track with the journey. 11

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    Sample Sessions at a Glance SAMPLE SESSIONS AT A GLANCE SESSION 1 Discovering My Power SESSION 2 Great Leaders and Great Teams Girls have a chance to see their own strengths and powers in everyday ways and then start comparing them to those of past and present “heroines.” Using the knowledge they’ve gained about the strengths and powers of “heroines,” girls connect personal power to the values expressed in the Girl Scout Law. They then explore what power means in girls’ lives and in society, and see their power in action. They earn their first award, the Power of One Award. SESSION 3 SuperShelter- Makers Building on their understanding of their own power and the power of past and present women, the girls explore the powers used by a team of fictional girls who, in a comic-book-style story, take action to improve their community. The girls then create their own supergirl story. 14

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    SESSION 4 Learn, Listen, Act! Taking Idea to Action SESSION 5 Ready, Set, Take Action! The girls use the power of story to identify what they care about enough to take action on in their own community. They begin to see how, with team power, they can accomplish great things together. Reaching out into the community, the girls gather the tools and resources needed to take action for change, and earn the Power of Team Award. SAMPLE SESSIONS AT A GLANCE SESSIONS 6 & 7 Time for the Take Action Project Combining the Power of Team and the Power of Community, girls do their Take Action Project. Then they take time to reflect on and celebrate the change they have accomplished as they earn their culminating award, the Power of Community Award. 15

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    “There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.” —Ursula K. Le Guin, American author Chapter 1: What’s in a Box? Did you know it takes 535 steps just to walk around the block? Of course, that’s approximate—I mean, it would take you maybe 550 steps, and me 520, probably.

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    SAMPLE SESSION 3 SuperShelterMakers SAMPLE SESSION 3 AT A GLANCE Goal: The girls find role models and learn the steps for teaming up and taking action—by reading a comic-book story about how a group of girls seized an opportunity, acted on it as a team in a planned way, and involved their community in the project SUPERSHELTERMAKERS • Opening Ceremony • Reading “SuperShelterMakers” • Begin Your Own Heroine Story • Closing MATERIALS • Paper, poster board, cardboard, colored markers, pens, and whatever else the girls need to make their Superhero stories. (See Reading Ahead note on page 59.) Nothing fancy is needed. Working from odds and ends that everyone brings and shares can be fun! 61

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    Opening Ceremony SAMPLE SESSION 3 SUPERSHELTERMAKERS TEAMWORK IN ACTION An important element of teamwork is to be able to see another’s perspective. Reading “SuperShelterMakers” as a group and then making a story together as a team calls for seeing and acknowledging various points of view. If girls are earning the Power of One Award, you may want to start with the awards ceremony. Or you may even want to do a traditional Girl Scout opening, such as the flag ceremony. For the details of opening with a flag ceremony or to find a ceremony planner to help in creating your ceremony, visit www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_central/ceremonies/flag.asp. Reading “SuperShelterMakers” “SuperShelterMakers” is a story of a few Girl Scouts who have the moxie to mobilize themselves, other girls, and finally a whole community. Feel free to add your own ideas about “the power of reading” to Dez’s “pitch.” Have fun reading the comic-book story. Even if some or all of the girls have read it between sessions, try to have a shared reading experience of the story by: • asking the girls to volunteer to take the parts—and don’t forget Dez’s part • allowing some girls to be on Dez’s team and offer responses to Dez’s questions along the way • staying sensitive to the girls’ reading skills Take as long as this activity needs. Let the girls have fun experiencing the story together (which is different from reading it alone—no matter how enjoyable that is). Begin Your Own Heroine Story Talk informally about the “SuperShelterMakers” story—whatever in it interests the girls: • Is there a character they especially like? Why? • Is there anything they’d do differently? • What do they think of Dez and her comments? • What could have gone wrong? • What “what ifs” can girls think of? How would they solve them? 62

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