The Butterfly Effect – Workshops for Girls
Enlighten’s Butterfly Effect programs build a sense of belonging and connection, providing a range of beneficial tools and tricks to help girls navigate their journeys through school while building resilience and self-esteem.
The idea of “The Butterfly Effect” comes from the science of chaos theory. It suggests that everything is connected, to the extent that the beating of a butterfly’s wings in one part of the world may ultimately contribute to a tornado happening in another part of the world. Enlighten Education recognise that when it comes to the impact we as individuals have on our environment, small changes can make a huge difference. Enlighten’s courses and programs for teen girls are about celebrating, challenging and changing ourselves and our world.
How it works:
Schools can choose 1 core and up to 4 supplementary workshops. Enlighten adjusts all workshops to ensure they are age appropriate.
Love the skin you’re in
Negative stereotyping, sexism, media images, the fixation on being thin – these are all issues today’s girls are facing. In this core workshop girls are encouraged to critically evaluate the messages that bombard them every day and develop strategies that help them respond intelligently and objectively..
Wake up sleeping beauty!
Rediscovering the princess within: Little girls believe they can be whatever they would like to be, make friends with whoever amuses them, let people know when they are annoyed, and eat whatever tastes delicious – when did the rules change and why have we let things become so complex? This core workshop challenges girls to reconnect with their core values and beliefs and helps them remember just how truly special they are.
Real girl power
This workshop explores the women’s movement and the history of feminism. Who have been our change makers? What does empowerment and the “sisterhood” really mean to 21st-century girls?
Instilling gratitude in children is about so much more than politeness. Gratitude is linked to greater happiness, a more positive outlook on life, stronger social bonds and support networks, and higher achievement. This one hour seminar shows how fostering gratitude in our children helps them develop the skills they need for fulfilling and successful futures – in their studies, personal lives and careers.
Be a dollar diva
Saving money, mobile phone plans, credit cards, business plans – all savvy girls need to know how to manage their finances. This workshop teaches girls how to be cash smart and how to avoid financial pitfalls.
Get it together
Managing time, prioritising, organising your space and your work, problem solving, thinking creatively – these are all skills that help improve performance at school and in the workplace. This workshop focuses on developing these skills and on learning to use them to your advantage.
Stop, I don’t like it
Every girl is concerned about her personal safety. Setting personal boundaries, safe partying, handling inappropriate text messages, managing conflict and using the internet safely – these skills are all vital. This workshop focuses on what’s right and what’s not right and how to tell the difference.
The princess diaries
Girls create their own journals in which they can reflect and reshape their futures. The finished journals are beautiful and powerful resources the girls will take away from the event. All materials are supplied. The workshop, which uses art as therapy, is also a time for informal conversations about topics that really matter to the girls.
Relaxation, visualisation techniques, massage and more. Learning how to manage stress effectively is essential for our modern lives. Relying on crutches like the consumption of alcohol, drugs and cigarettes or other unhealthy behaviours is destructive and wasteful. In this workshop we encourage girls to seek balance in their lives and teach them some skills to achieve it. We also teach skills to help them cope with exam and assessment pressure to help enhance performance. These strategies are fun, affordable, and will fit into any girl’s hectic lifestyle.
Research tells us that friends are more important to teenagers than their parents or teachers. How do we make friends? Who should we make friends with? How should friendships be maintained? How do we decide if a friendship is helping or harming us? This workshop addresses these issues and equips the girls with the necessary skills to make safe, important decisions about their friendships.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Enlighten Education website.
What: The Butterfly Effect Workshops
When: Contact to see how to bring to your school
Where: Schools around Australia
Who: Girls aged 11-18 years
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