About Free Being Me
Written especially for 7-10 year olds, this educational programme engages participants around the world in exploring ideas about body confidence and beauty that will affect them as they grow up. Free Being Me shows participants that there isn’t just one way to be beautiful, and that what’s inside them matters the most.
In the 7-10 programme, Free Being Me introduces the idea that society promotes a narrow and unrealistic definition of beauty then helps participants to uncover the real story; they can choose to reject this idea because there is no such thing as one way everyone should look, and how people look is just one aspect of who they are. This empowers participants to challenge the idea that there is only one way to be beautiful, building their resilience and capacity to question and reject the limiting messages about beauty they will encounter growing up.
Free Being Me uses positive and affirming activities to nurture body confidence and self-esteem. It creates spaces where participants can come up with their own ideas, practise being more confident about
themselves, and share their opinions with their friends. This supports participants to express their own identity and connect with the world around them. Finally, Free Being Me challenges participants to take the lead by taking action in their community, sharing what they have learned with their peers.
These activities can be run with groups that are girls- only and co-educational. Some activities suggest boys and girls working in single-sex groups, but many can be done together. All examples are adaptable for a
7-10 year olds will learn: What’s inside us matters most.
There’s not just one way to look beautiful.
There is a huge diversity of beauty ideals around the world.
The media uses a narrow idea of beauty to sell things to us.
Images of beauty in the media often don’t show people as they really are.
Learning to value ourselves and our abilities builds body confidence.
Sharing body confidence messages with friends can make us and our communities feel more empowered.
Using Free Being Me
Before you begin, please read the Leader Guide, and ask all other leaders and volunteers to read it too. Page 10 of the Leader Guide shows how the activity pages in this pack are set up to support you as you lead, including ‘support prompts’ and tips for the leader.
As Free Being Me is a global programme, millions of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world will be taking part in the same activities as your group. By sharing the messages your group creates during Free Being Me, you can be part of a global body confidence revolution, mobilising millions of young voices to speak up for diversity and challenge the idea that there’s only one way to look beautiful.
Visit www.free-being-me.com to share your group’s story, and connect with other Free Being Me groups from across the globe!
Children who have taken part in the Free Being Me activities and done a Take Action project that reaches two others should receive a Free Being Me badge. Giving these badges is a great reward for the participants, and helps the World Association count out how many have taken part in the activities worldwide.