WILL YOU HELP HER BE A FRIEND FIRST?
September 28, 2012
Next month, GSUSA
launches an innovative bullying-prevention initiative for middle-school
girls. BFF, which stands for Be a Friend First (a name that girls selected)
is based on the popular aMAZE!
Leadership Journey. Working with volunteers, girls learn relational and
leadership skills to short-circuit bullying behavior when it happens and
prevent it from happening in the first place. BFF uses role playing, creative
writing, and discussion exercises, through which girls explore thorny issues
like peer pressure, stereotyping, gossip, and cliques. As part of BFF, girls
also create and lead projects in their schools and communities to tackle
BFF integrates easily
into existing health or character education classes, can serve as an
after-school program, and may even be offered during a holiday break.
Councils will launch this important initiative in their communities this