Bronwyn's vision board for her word "JOURNEY."
*Choosing a "word of the year." I went in during a combined YW Sunday lesson and talked for a bout 10 minutes on word of the year. Each girl chose a word over the next couple of weeks and let their leaders know. The leaders had individual necklaces made for each of the girls (including the incoming Beehives). I happened to substitute for the 11-year old class the Sunday after the activity and each of the girls were wearing their necklaces. It was so cute, I had to snap a pic.
*Vision Board activity night. The leaders gathered poster board, magazines, and glue sticks. I spoke at the beginning of the activity about vision boards for about 5-10 minutes, and then the girls spent the evening making their vision boards. After talking with the President, who is continuing the activity this year, but making a few changes, the leaders are going to provide a picture of Christ and the temple for each girl, and each girl's vision board will be a reflection of their personal progress goals, using church magazines.
*New Beginnings. I came and spoke to the parents and girls about the concept of "Word of the Year" for about 10-15 minutes. I had worksheets and pencils for the parents to be thinking and answering a few questions. The leaders had each chosen a word as well, to be doing the activity with the girls, and wanted to encourage the parents to chose a word. I think it struck a chord with a few parents, I have to admit when I looked out at the audience and was asking soul questions and giving them quiet time that I saw some pretty dazed and bored faces. I even called out a few people and said I didn't see their pencils moving. I realized after the activity, I rarely speak to a mixed group. YW, yes. Relief Society, yes. Men, women, and young women. No. I also think that at 7:00 on a weekday night, many people weren't coming with their thinking caps on. They wanted to come and sit and listen and get refreshments and go home:).
*Monthly check-ups. Our YW President didn't want the concept to be forgotten during the year. She asked YW to give little updates on their words during opening exercises, or little challenges with their words.
*Evening in Excellence. In the fall each of the girls brought their vision boards and had their own tables to display their project and boards.
This was a sample board I made for the Young Women. I realized as I was making it that the 8 Young Women Values worked along really nicely with the 8 goals I make each year. I chose a color block that coordinated with each of the values and stamped the name of the values on the square. I hot glued little clothespins in each square and clipped a visual goal for each one. I thought this would be an awesome way to keep moving through personal progress goals. Goals could be changed up as they were finished. I also clipped a list of each of the goals on the side.