T.G.I.F. stands for “Thank Goodness I’m Female” and is a multi-faceted youth-led bullying prevention program for middle school girls.
T.G.I.F. stands for “Thank Goodness I’m Female” and is a multi-faceted youth-led bullying prevention program for middle school girls. Co-delivered by trained high school students alongside certified prevention specialists, participants learn how to become positive advocates for themselves and each other. Through guided dialogue and discussion, skill-building, and youth-led projects, T.G.I.F. creates a ripple effect whereby girls create positive change in themselves, their peers, and their communities.
This youth-led program works through a phased-approach.
Sixth grade students get involved through a eight to ten (8-10) week curriculum called T.G.I.F. which is co-delivered by prevention specialists and trained high school leaders. Through this program, students come to understand what bullying is and what role they play in promoting or reducing it. They learn about healthy friendships, relational aggression, self-esteem, and making positive change. Through dialogue, activities and projects, the participants begin to establish a sense of trust and cohesiveness.
The second phase begins after completing T.G.I.F. and lasts through the students’ eighth grade year. G.A.L., or “Girl Action League” harnesses the positive power of peer influence to make positive change in the school climate. The girls work on student-led projects year round, while continuing to engage in discussion and activities to further their own personal growth. High school leaders continue to play an active role in activities and discussion groups, promoting mentorship and positive peer friendships.
Once students enter high school, they may become high school leaders for the program, serving as mentors and role models while continuing to build leadership and interpersonal skills. Many of our current High School Leaders are former participants of T.G.I.F. and G.A.L.
The school population, teachers, parents and community members are engaged year-round through youth-led projects and initiatives.
Currently funding is provided through The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio to conduct T.G.I. F. in Genoa Middle School in Westerville.