Curricula & Guidebooks

Want to bring Hardy Girls to your community? Our curricula and resource guides give you the tools you need to bring our programs to your school, organization, or community.

Hardy Girls Resources

From Adversaries to Allies: A Curriculum for Change (6-8 grade)

Authors: Lyn Mikel Brown, EdD and Mary Madden, PhD

View table of contents or an activity from Adversaries to Allies

Are you ready to take a new approach in your work with girls? Want to find a way to stop girl fighting and “mean girl” behavior, teach media literacy skills, and empower girls to change their world for the better?Our girls’ coalition group curricula build on 20 years of research about how girls understand their relationships, and how they experience the world around them.

By offering girls a safe space, adult role models or ‘muses’, and tools to critically look at media stereotypes, double standards, and divisive messages, girls learn how to support one another as allies while positively affecting the world through social action. Unlike many harassment and bully prevention programs out there today, this curriculum addresses the realities of girls’ lives, and the underlying causes of girlfighting behavior.

Stronger Together: A Strength-Based Curriculum for Elementary School Girls (2-6 grade)

Authors: Jackie Dupont, LMSW and Lyn Mikel Brown, EdD

View table of contents or an activity from Stronger Together

Are you ready to take a new approach in your work with girls? Want to find a way to stop girl fighting and “mean girl” behavior, teach media literacy skills, and empower girls to change their world for the better?  Our girls’ coalition group curricula build on 20 years of research about how girls understand their relationships, and how they experience the world around them.

By offering girls a safe space, adult role models or ‘muses’, and tools to critically look at media stereotypes, double standards, and divisive messages, girls learn how to support one another as allies while positively affecting the world through social action. Unlike many harassment and bully prevention programs out there today, this curriculum addresses the realities of girls’ lives, and the underlying causes of girlfighting behavior.

A Facilitator’s Guide to Becoming a Muse

View table of contents or an excerpt from A Facilitator’s Guide to Becoming a Muse

Designed as a companion guide for our girls’ coalition group curriculum, this guide is a must-have if you work with groups of girls.  This guide identifies six core skills that will help you to build and refine facilitation expertise, and support you in your role as a muse to girls. You’ll also get a basic understanding of group process and dynamics, as well as learn some common language and expectations.

Summer Sisters: A Guide to Coalition Building at Camp & Beyond

View the table of contents or an excerpt from Summer Sisters

“Camp is where I can be the real me.”  For many girls, summer camp truly is a magical time where they can “just be me.” But why is that? Who are these girls the rest of the year? And how can we help them hold onto the magic of camp all year long?

Summer Sisters is designed to help camp professionals create an environment where campers and staff can thrive together. Summer Sisters provides strength-based activities and facilitation for group discussion to help girls see one another as allies, and build a foundation for social change. They will learn to unpack and critically examine the negative media messages that target them the rest of the year. In sort, you will help them carry the spirit of camp with them all year long.

The Adventure Girls Backpack Program Guide (Digital Download)

Do you want to inspire girls in your community and help them defy gender stereotypes? Bring our Adventure Girls program to your school or organization! Adventure Girls is an interactive program for girls in grades 2nd-6th grade that provides girls with the opportunity to meet women who are defying gender stereotypes and challenging notions of what a girl or woman “should” do or want to be. It models the idea “if she sees it, she can be it.” The program guide covers includes what Hardy Girls has learned from our 10 years of experience and the impact Adventure Girls has on girls. The program guide provides the steps on how to start your own Adventure Girls.

Ugly Ducklings: A National Campaign to Reduce Bullying and Harassment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth

View table of contents or an excerpt of Ugly Ducklings

Ugly Ducklings is a multi-media resource designed to educate and inspire people to take action against bias-based bullying and harassment of LGBTQ youth. The Community Action Kit includes an educational documentary film; enhanced interview footage with youth, parents, and educators; and tips, discussion questions, activities, and resources for creating safe, equitable, inclusive environments for LGBTQ youth.

Other Resources

Project Girl

Each of the four Project Girl curriculum modules consists of a Facilitator Handbook and companion DVD featuring Project Girl art talks and a “How To” segment giving step-by-step instructions for an engaging integrated art project. The curriculum guides facilitators and girls through a five-hour workshop that is broken down into one-hour segments. Each workshop explores a different media literacy theme and all are appropriate for ages 9 to 15.

Project Girl Facilitator Curriculum — Project 1: Corporate Curriculum 

“Corporate Curriculum” is an introductory “heighten awareness” workshop. The curriculum gives girls the tools and information to look critically at Commercial Land (contemporary culture) and the media’s influences and how these influences shape our lives and the way we think. (Project One is highly recommended as an overview and general introduction to media literacy themes).  The curriculum is available for immediate download, and the companion DVD will be mailed to you.

Project Girl Facilitator Curriculum — Project 2: Will the Real You Please Stand Up!

“Will the Real You Please Stand Up!” explores our inner lives and values, with emphasis on qualities beyond appearance. The curriculum discusses the difference between media ideas of beauty and inner beauty.  The curriculum is available for immediate download, and the companion DVD will be mailed to you.

Project Girl Facilitator Curriculum — Project 3: Evidence of Real Bodies  

“Evidence of Real Bodies” increases understanding of how unattainable, unrealistic media images can affect our feelings toward our own bodies and toward others.  The curriculum is available for immediate download, and the companion DVD will be mailed to you.

Project Girl Facilitator Curriculum — Project 4: Brand Brainwashing 

“Brand Brainwashing” gives girls the tools and information to identify media messages and stereotypes about being a girl.  It then leads the girls through an examination of how those stereotypes affect our perceptions and friendships, generating a dialogue about the impact of labeling and exclusion.  The curriculum is available for immediate download, and the companion DVD will be mailed to you.

SPARK Movement

SPARKing Change, Encouraging Activism

125 pages. SPARKing Change, Encouraging Activism offers girls and their allies creative and effective ways to become media activists. This curriculum encourages girls to call into question the limited and sexualizing ways that the media (mis)represents them and to take action in protest of the sexist and sexualized version of femininity sold to girls by media and marketers. You’ll find the creative work of a coalition of grassroots organizations who have joined together to educate and engage girls in activism. This new curriculum is everything you need to engage girls in conversations about media sexualization and to run a SPARKit Girls Group in your high school, afterschool program, summer camp or community organization.

Donate-button-orange