During my second year in the MAET program, we were to find a a resource on leadership. As part of the course, we were to create a 3 minute video that illustrated 3 key points and 3 practical ideas on our leadership resource (hence, 3x3x3). The book that I found is Empower Our Girls by Lynmara Colon and Adam Welcome. I highly recommend this book for anyone who works in education or with girls or have daughters. This is an amazing book on how we can be active in creating spaces for young women in society and actively working towards gender equality.
Empower Our Girls has added fuel to my fire for an idea I had last summer. I want to start a mentoring program, #crowned, at the school I work at. The goal is to expose at risk, inner city girls to opportunities to broaden their horizons. I want to help aid them in giving them a fighting chance to reach their full potential. Their race, gender, and socio-economic status has already predetermined their future. I want to change their narrative and open their eyes to the world to what they can do and be.
This is an idea I have been thinking about/working on for the past year. My goal is to implement the first cohort of girls this fall. I plan to first begin working with girls I already have built a relationship with my first two years of teaching. As we build a program and work on all the kinks, I plan to then allow other girls to join. At first it will be by invite only. As we become more established, I will allow open enrollment into the program. However, the goal is create a community of young women who can support each other throughout their high school career, and potentially beyond.
Below is the "TED" talk inspired presentation I gave.
(as mentioned in the video)
Zen as F*ck by Monica Sweeney
The Designing Your Life Workbook: A Framework for Building a Life You Can Thrive In by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans
The Resilience Workbook: Essential Skills to Recover from Stress, Trauma, and Adversity by Glenn R. Schiraldi, PhD
Self-Scoring Emotional Intelligence Test by Mark Daniel