Girl Be Heard Curriculum
The Girl Be Heard curriculum aims to foster an ensemble of healthy, confident, self-aware, socially conscious young women, activists, artists, engaged and encouraged to be positive agents of change in their schools and communities.
Through theatre exercises, writing prompts, the art of play, and researching social justice issues impacting girls, GBH members actively question themselves and their role in society. We use critical reflection and creative expression to connect and perform about various social issues. Through these acts our participants gain the ability and confidence to create art that has the power to put local and global issues impacting our communities center stage.
Through the Girl Be Heard curriculum, we aim to:
Strengthen young peoples' voices and self-expression through ensemble-based theatre, spoken word, writing, and other artistic forms
Develop girls’ critical thinking skills, individual creative talents, artistry, teamwork
capabilities, self-awareness, and knowledge of the movements for women’s liberation
Foster the development of activist artists by connecting individual struggles to larger systemic problems
Provide tools to both think globally and take action locally
Develop socially conscious young people who are able to digest and dissect social issues through art
Create a safe community where participants can connect with one another and with themselves
Examine systems of oppression
The Girl Be Heard Curriculum aims to foster an ensemble of healthy, confident, self-aware, socially conscious young women as activist artists, engaged and encouraged to be positive agents of change in their schools and communities. The key component of this process is curriculum development that centers our youth and is adaptable to their passions, interests, and experiences. As such, the session structure for GBH lesson plans (like the entire curriculum) is designed to be flexible, consisting of moving parts that still create a cohesive whole.
Key Areas of Development
GBH curriculum will have a positive impact in the development of different skills:
We engage participants through a series of writing prompts, readings, theatre exercises and discussions. Through our foundational curriculum, participants develop awareness of themselves and the importance of gender-equity in two units.
The program culminates with an original performance that raises awareness of domestic and global issues affecting youth.
Some topics we’ve addressed include:
Identity (race, class, sexual orientation, ability, etc.)
Body Image, Suicide, Teen Pregnancy, Substance Abuse
Gun Violence, Sex Trafficking, Forced Child Marriage
Violence Against Women and Girls
Civil and Human Rights