2006 Leadership Development Award winner
The Junior League of Boise
The Junior League of Boise won the 2006 Leadership Development Award for Especially Me!, a program in which League members practice leading through teaching in order to benefit girls in their community.
This program is designed to provide girls from the ages of nine to 12 with the tools they need to build and maintain self-esteem. The program also seeks to teach the girls how to make good decisions, express themselves, and develop a strong sense of self.
This program consists of three classes taught by two trained League members. The classes are discussion- and activity-based, and ideally contain between six and 10 girls. The content of the class is tailored to the group of girls in attendance.
The first class defines self-esteem and examines society’s influence on it. The goal of this class is to teach the girls that perfection is unattainable and unnecessary for leading a fulfilling life, and encourages them to celebrate their uniqueness.
The second class focuses on the physical and emotional changes that occur during puberty, as well as the health, hygiene, and nutritional knowledge important during that time. The goal is to help the girls understand and grow comfortable with these changes in order to lay the groundwork for a future of good decision-making.
The third class discusses decision-making, assertiveness, and building healthy friendships. It focuses on decision-making’s effect on self-esteem, and the difference between healthy and harmful relationships.
The success of this program has led the League to adopt it as a permanent project. The classes have been taught for over a decade to hundreds of girls.
This award helped the Boise League fund further training of volunteers.