Middle school is a challenging time in a girl’s life. They are more independent, more mature and feel ready to be on their own. And yet, middle school girls also start to face more “grown-up” challenges when it comes to their social and emotional well-being. Additionally, we see girls’ confidence drop significantly during these years.
That’s where Girls in the Game’s After School programs can help middle school girls develop the social and emotional skills that will help them transition confidently to high school. Girls in the Game’s After School programs for middle schoolers meet once a week in the after school hours. Coaches place an emphasis on practicing leadership and teamwork by making girls a vital part of the planning process; girls select a traditional (like basketball or volleyball) and non-traditional sport (like yoga or lacrosse) as well as the health topics that are most interesting and relevant to them. They learn how to peer-lead and coach elementary school programs under the supervision of their Girls in the Game coaches, as well as participate in a Leader-to-Leader interview with a leader in their community or school.
We currently have Middle School After School programs available in Chicago.