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    HOW TO PARTNER WITH GIRL SCOUT AMBASSADORS ON BLISS Live It! Give It! IT’S YOUR STORY — TELL IT! A LEADERSHIP JOURNEY

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    The Dream Maker Award THE DREAM MAKER AWARD WHERE MIGHT GIRLS FIND A WORTHY DREAMER? The best place to look for a dreamer is everywhere! The girls might start by using the tips on pages 17–18 of the Give It! side of the girls’ book, and by considering the many women and girls they see everyday but don’t really know. Also, the sample Dream Maker Projects on pages 14–15, 22–23, and 28–29 of the Give It! side of the girls’ book suggest various dreams to tackle. They also step the girls through how to plan a Dream Maker Project that will have positive impact. But the sample projects are just that—samples. Encourage the girls to use their creativity to find their own dreamer(s) by asking around: What women and girls passionate in their community could use the Ambassadors assistance in moving a dream forward? On this journey, the Ambassadors have the opportunity to earn the Dream Maker Award, a leadership award that has them exploring the three keys: Discover, Connect, and Take Action! To earn the award, the girls define a sisterhood issue, create a plan for how to Take Action on that issue, and then Take Action! The Dream Maker Award What it means for Ambassadors: Girls understand the bliss they can achieve by helping others with their dreams, and they realize that a leader pursues her own dreams and makes it possible for others to do the same. As with all leadership awards earned on Girl Scout journeys, the Dream Maker Award gives girls the planning, teamwork, and networking skills they need to pursue the the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in the Girl Scouts. The steps to the Dream Maker Award are listed below and detailed on pages 4–6 of the girls’ book. You’ll find a Dream Maker Award icon throughout the Sessions plans to indicate those journey activities that move girls toward the STEPS TO THE DREAM MAKER AWARD 1. Meet Successful Dreamers 3. Define the Dream 2. Seek and Select a Dreamer 4. Give It! Gift It! (or Dreamers) award. No matter what dream the girls move forward, keep in mind that a great Dream Maker Project gives them the opportunity to: learn that helping others also helps themselves (and how great that feels!) see that members of their community have diverse needs expand their networks (that helps them in this project, and in life!) learn to research and plot out a realistic, step-by-step plan (this helps with just about everything, including college applications!) 12

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    THE SAMPLE SESSION PLANS JOURNEY SNAPSHOT SESSION 1 Dreaming Along the Road to Bliss SESSION 2 More Women, More Dreams SESSION 3 Walking the Line SESSION 4 Dream Catchers SESSION 5 Fashion Some Passion SESSION 6-8 Stepping Out a Dream SESSION 9 Moving Dreams Forward SESSION 10 BLISS Bash The Ambassadors explore dreams and how they can shape a life story. They state their wildest dreams and then discuss needs, dreams, and various types of dreams. They also take time to plan their journey. The Ambassadors gain a greater understanding of the diversity of dreams and dreamers. They discuss dreams with guest dreamers, and team up on an art project. They also start to select women to interview on their way toward the Dream Maker Award. The Ambassadors explore the role their core values play in their lives and dreams. They also explore double standards, and values and standards in media. They choose women to interview as a step toward the Dream Maker Award. The Ambassadors probe further into dreams and achieving dreams. They team up for an art project intended to inspire others, and start to seek and select dreamers, another step toward their award. The Ambassadors gain an understanding of how passion and interests drive their dreams. They explore the roots of passion, practice negotiation skills, and learn to spot and stop Passion Busters. They pick a dream to “adopt” on their way to their award. The Ambassadors practice stepping a dream toward reality by writing a Mission Statement and a step-by-step plan for their “adopted dreamer” on the way toward the Dream Maker Award. They also explore labels and craft dream mirrors. The Ambassadors move their “adopted dreamer” through a step of her dream plan, and consider the story of their own dreams. They create map pendants, and then plan their final celebration. The Ambassadors celebrate their journey with dreamers they’ve assisted and people who have assisted them. They earn the Dream Maker Award.

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    4 Girls gain confidence when they see what it takes to follow their dreams. SAMPLE SESSION 4 Dream Catchers DREAM CATCHERS AT A GLANCE Goal: The Ambassadors strengthen their understanding of dreams and what it takes to achieve them. NOT ENOUGH TIME? If the girls are conducting a group interview, they may not have time for “Dreams on a Wire” or “Random Acts of Inspiration.” Simply schedule them for another gathering, or for a special outing in between Ambassador get-togethers. MAKE THE MOST OF THE GIRLS’ BOOK The activities and discussions in this session correspond to Chapter 2 of the Live It! side of girls’ book: “Values and Standards: Your Springboard to Dream.” • Opening Ceremony: Dream Questions, Dream Answers • Group Interview of Dreamers (Optional) • Dreams on a Wire MATERIALS • Opening and Closing Ceremonies: small ball • Dreams on a Wire: wire or string, clothespins or paper clips, and sealed dream envelopes from last session. • Random Acts of Inspiration • Starting to Seek and Select Dreamers • Closing Ceremony: Dream Surprises! STEPS 1 & 2 • Random Acts of Inspiration: materials and supplies of the girls’ choosing. PREPARE AHEAD • Hang wire or string for the “Dreams on a Wire” activity. • Assemble chosen materials for the “Flip It! Random Acts of Inspiration” activity. 54

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    4 Opening Ceremony: Dream Questions, Dream Answers Gather the girls together and explain that they are going to become dream catchers and throwers in this Opening Ceremony. First, ask them to recall the dreams they heard their sister Ambassadors mention in their past gatherings. Say something like: DREAM CATCHERS Maybe one of these dreams intrigued you or you had a question you wanted to ask about it. Now’s your chance! When you have the ball, toss it to the girl you want to ask a question of and ask! You might start off by tossing the ball to a girl who dreams of being an architect, and asking: Where do you think the first building you design is going to be built? Encourage the Ambassadors to continue tossing the ball until each girl has asked and answered at least one question. Group Interview of Dreamers (Optional) If the girls planned for a group interview of successful dreamers, now’s the time to get it going. 55

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    4 COACHING TIPS: WHAT MAKES A GREAT DREAM MAKER PROJECT? DREAM CATCHERS The project the girls pursue for their Dream Maker Award is different from other community projects they may have pursued in the past. But they will still Take Action on important needs! After all, if more people could achieve their dreams, the world would certainly be a better place, wouldn’t it? So no matter what dreamer(s) the Ambassadors “adopt” to earn their award, keep in mind that it’s not just “what” the girls do but how they go about it, and what they learn through trying that will inspire them to take action throughout their lives. Helping others plan and execute their dreams gives girls planning skills that are valuable for any community project—and for so many other aspects of their lives. As the girls zero in on their dreamer and a plan for her, keep in mind the following principles for a successful leadership award project: A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT LETS THE GIRLS . . . ❏ Learn that helping others also helps themselves and how great that feels! ❏ See that members of their community have diverse needs: These needs are important, but not always obvious!) Ask the Ambassadors to think about how this project of helping a dreamer helps the community, and the world! ❏ Expand their networks, and that helps them in this project, and in life! ❏ Learn to research and plot out a step-by-step plan. This helps with just about everything, including college applications! ❏ Consider what is realistic: The girls develop a plan that is doable with the time and resources they have. You’ll want to gently remind them to keep their effort focused around their time and resources. Let them know they’ll have more success that way, and will also see and feel their project’s impact sooner. ❏ Use their talents and skills in new ways. A great project allows all the girls to face a challenge—one they are excited and enthusiastic about. ❏ Realize that a leader pursues her own dreams and makes it possible for others to do the same ❏ Tell stories and be creative. These are the big themes of this journey! Encourage the girls to stretch themselves and make use of various creative methods they may not have tried before. Video? Photography? Dance? Online interactives? Go for it! 58

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