I am so excited to be opening our Junior High Leadership enrollment for 2019 with a revamped leadership program specifically targeting social needs for Junior High Girls and Boys.

You may have heard about The Leadership Academy, it’s a program that has been offered as a coed class for Junior Highers in Lake Oswego, Oregon since 2016. However, over the past two years of working with boys and girls it’s become very clear that the social needs of boys and girls at this age are drastically different. To allow me to pinpoint age appropriate skills and help guide both boys and girls, I will be offering two separate classes in 2019: G3 LeadHERship for Girls & Leadership Academy for Boys, both 6th & 7th graders.

Skip the details and register NOW!

Girls LeadHERship Program Registration (program details below)

Boys Leadership Academy Registration (program details below)

WHAT OTHER PARENTS HAVE SAID
“I think that was the coolest class Ashley has ever taken. I can absolutely tell that the skills she learned in your class are sticking with her!”

“whatever you are doing is working!! You are making her a nicer person!!! 🙂 She has been saying thank you more and showing appreciation. You are so amazing and I truly think the kids hearing these things from someone other then their parents works wonders!”

“What an AMAZING class session today!!! Goodness, this is very exciting to see how much these children are learning from you! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I love how you pointed out respectful reminders about not laughing at people while they’re presenting, calling the boys gentlemen, hand shaking before leaving, complimenting their efforts, etc. etc. etc. So inspiring and this is only the first class! So exciting!!”

“Thank you for the ongoing communication. It’s very helpful in following through at home. Since I work full time I am unable to attend the parent piece at the end of class. So I really appreciate your follow-ups.”

“My family and I just wanted to extend our sincere thanks for all of your effort and intentional, relevant work with Tucker (& all the boys) this session. Tucker looks forward to going each week and never complains-a rarity for an 8th grader, ha. Thanks to you he has learned about important topics not covered at school that are delivered in a setting away from home. My working schedule does not allow me to join for the end of class, but I was able to come to the juling session and was impressed by what I heard. Thank you for your mindfulness about current topics affecting our youth and willingness to engage in brave conversations.”

PROGRAMMING COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What are the grades? The program is open to 6th and 7th graders
We are very busy after school is that a problem? Classes are bi-weekly on early release Thursdays in the LOJ cafeteria 3:05 – 4:10 + family recap 4:10 – 4:25. The parent recap is optional and most weeks you will receive an email recapping the class and an email reminder with in class instruction details. Students are free to leave early / miss and Mindy will provide emails / makeup sessions when necessary.
Do we have to sign up for the entire year? Yes, as the content of each session builds on the other. While some of the information might feel repetitive, it’s that exact repetition that truly helps teens develop important lifelong social skills for any situation. To make it more manageable for families, I do offer an automatic payment plan (when you sign up, March 1 and September 1). I totally understand that it is a commitment and in the past, the families who make it a priority have teens who really flourish and grow.
How is the year broken down? We start with Social Skills January – March, taking that information we weave it into Digital / Social Media April – June and then bring it all together September – December with Out and About. Each class will consist of 15 minutes of social skill introduction, group work, expert speakers and a home habit takeaway exercise to help families engage with the particular skill.
Do you cap the class? Yes, we will cap the class at 30 and need a minimum of 20 committed parents / students to hold the classes.

Here’s what is being offerend in 2019


G3 LeadHERship for Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m excited to offer, for the first time, G3 LeadHERship After School Program specifically identifying the social and developmental needs of girls 6th and 7th grade. The beauty of this year long bi-weekly program is that it combines years research / working with women and girls to develop Bravery, Confidence and Authenticity with a bi-weekly touch-base and instruction. Starting with basics and building on skills over a year both in class and at home will help her create self awareness and habit. The curriculum is designed to provide leadership, accountability and positive opportunities for self exploration and connection between tween girls and their parents (especially their Moms).

INFORMATION
Dates: Welcome Night for BOTH programs is tentatively set for January 8th and classes to start January 17, 2019. Program to run January – December 2019 (Summer Off)
Day of Week: Bi-Weekly on Thursday’s (early release dates) starting in January (dates to follow)
Time: 3:00 – 4:15/4:25 (4:15/4:25 Parent Recap Session)
Location: LOJ Cafeteria
Cost: $525 Before December 1st & $575 after | or three automatic payments of $210 (day of registration, March 1 and September 1) no refunds

REGISTER HERE: https://mkt.com/the-gracious-girl/item/g-afteschool-leadhership-program

Winter | Reputation and Interpersonal Habit
Bravery, Confidence and Authenticity
Personal Reputation and Branding
Power of Failure
Social Accountability / Mood Swings
Power of Verbal and NonVerbal Tone
Identifying Drama Cycle as Social Opportunities
Conflict Resolution

Spring | Social Media
Digital Etiquette: Email, Texting, FaceTime
Social Media: Pictures, Posts and Privacy
Digital Brand: How what you post / comment personally reflects you
Digital: Sexual conduct, nudes and protecting your body and image
Summer Family Digital Goals

Fall | Out and About
Navigating Personal Reputation in the Community
Personal Finance
Substances: Bringing in a panel of community experts to break down what substances are and educate girls so they can make the right decisions for her body and family
Public Spaces: Movie Theaters, Parks, Football Games et
Dining: Setting a Table, Styles of Dining, Restaurant Behaviors
Informational Interviews: The important skill of talking to adults. Teaching girls how to learn from and respect other women by learning from their stories

Although the boys and girls will be separated for the weekly class instruction, the two classes will come together for each of our three end of session family events (Winter Networking Night, Spring Social Media Panel and Fall Etiquette Dinner at OLCC). The programs will alternate Thursdays, LeadHERship will meet every other Thursday January 2019 to December 2019 (taking the summer off) in the LOJ cafeteria on early release days so not to conflict with after school schedules.

REGISTRATION | Discounts through December 1st
Girls G3 LeadHERship Registration


Leadership Academy for Boys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This program is designed for 6th and 7th grade boys along with their parents, who are interested in cultivating lifelong social and leadership habit. While junior high can certainly be an awkward season, it is also the perfect time to establish healthy social habits. The behaviors explored will be specific and unique to the social needs and curiosities of boys based on past students and research.

INFORMATION 
Date: Welcome to The Leadership Academy Night tentatively set for January 8th and classes to start January 17, 2019. Program to run January  – December 2019 (Summer Off) 
Day: Bi-Weekly on Thursday’s (early release dates) starting in January (dates to follow)
Time: 3:00 – 4:15/4:25 (4:15/4:25 Parent Recap Session)
Location: LOJ Cafeteria
Cost: $525 Before December 1st & $575 after | or three automatic payments of $210 (day of registration, March 1 and September 1) no refunds
JANUARY – MARCH | PERSONAL BRANDING + SOCIAL SAVVY
The Power of Personal Reputation
Eye Contact
Posture
Meeting and greeting adults
Striking up and keeping conversation going
Handshaking
Smiling
Using a Social: Verbal and Non-Verbal Filter
APRIL – JUNE | SOCIAL MEDIA
Basic Digital Strategies and Habits
Gaming Safety and Boundaries
Communication: FaceTime, Email and Phone Calls
Social Media: Pictures Posts and Privacy
YouTube
Safety and Exposure to Sexual Content
SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER | OUT & ABOUT
Navigating Personal Reputation in the Community
Personal Finance
Substances: Bringing in a panel of community experts to break down what substances are and develop proactive strategies for handling peer pressure
Respect and How we Talk about Others: Boys and Girls
Public Spaces: Movie Theaters, Parks, Football Games
Dining: Setting a Table, Styles of Dining, Restaurant Behaviors
Talking to Adults
Although the boys and girls will be separated for the weekly class instruction, the two classes will come together for each of our three end of session family events (Winter Networking Night, Spring Social Media Panel and Fall Etiquette Dinner at OLCC). The programs will alternate Thursdays, Leadership Academy will meet every other Thursday January 2019 to December 2019 (taking the summer off) in the LOJ cafeteria on early release days so not to conflict with after school schedules.
REGISTRATION | Discounts through December 1st

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Halloween Party | Trick or Treat… Spicy Cheese Ball

by Mindy Lockard on October 30, 2018

As you are well aware, Halloween is just around the corner. And by corner, I mean tomorrow. I love Halloween for all of the fun tradions our family has had over the years, including an annual gathering of some of our nearest and dearest friends which was held on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yep, we dressed up. Some of us were more in character than others… yes, Ty Lockard, we’re looking at you.

 

I digress. Because I never like to arrive empty handed and it was requested by our amazing hostess with the mostess that we bring an appetizer, I put my festive thinking cap on (resembing more of a witches hat than a cowgirl hat) and whipped up this festive Trick or Treat (based on the heat) Spicky Cheese Ball. Here’s the recipe that many your IG friends requested.

Here’s what you need (all from Trader Joes (except the jalapeño spice)

  • 1 Sweet Yellow Onion Minced (or chopped very fine)
  • 1 Container of Pub Cheese
  • 2 Bricks of  Cream Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • Optional 2 to 3 Tablespoons of Spice Packet, I used a jalapeño dip spice mix I bought at the Farmers’ Market this summer. The spread is really good without it too.
  • 1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds. Note: if you send your husband to the store for this item, you may want to be more specific that I was with Ty, I requested “a large packet of sliced almonds”. I was thinking more than a small packet found in the baking aisle. He was thinking just a bit less than a barrel from the bulk food section. If you’re currently in need of sliced almonds, come on over. We have some (cough *a lot to spare).

Step-by-Step

  1. combine all of the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. put in an air-tight container and refrigerate for 5 – 6 hours.
  3. roll into a ball and cover with sliced almonds, top celery and cilantro
  4. serve with cut veggies and crackers
  5. enjoy!

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G3 Fourth of July Fun on KATU’s Afternoon Live!

by Mindy Lockard on July 3, 2018

Happy 4th of July Eve, All!

Today the G3 (Gracious Girls Guide) Girls and I are back on KATU Channel 2’s Afternoon Live sharing our Tips and Tricks for creating a festive holiday for friends and family.

Her area all of our patriotic party plans…

Starting off with the Lemon Pound Cake Waffles…

  • Krusteaz Meyer Lemon Pound Cake Mix
  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • Red, White, and Blue berries of your choice
  • Skewers
  • Water
  • Whipped Cream

Step 1)  Warm Up your waffle maker and mix the ingredients as directed on the box

Step 2) Place in maker and leave it until the waffle maker beeps at you! (Our waffles got a little toasty!)

Step 3) Add your favorite berries onto a skewer making a berry kabob!

Step 4) Final Step! To finish off your masterpiece add some powdered sugar and whipped cream.

Now you have a yummy festive breakfast to cater everyones cravings!

Next up, Picture Perfect Photo Booth!

What you need:

  • Festive Ribbons
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Sticky Letters
  • Extra paper for fun props

Step 1) Take your festive ribbon and lay it flat on the floor making a loop in the end to tie it up.

Step 2)  Write your own or use sticker letters and adhere them onto paper and glue them on to the banner for cute designs! Make it your own.

Step 3)  Go online and find cute prop ideas: top hats, bowties, Statue of Libery hats, flags, traditional 4th of July sweet treats!

When you are all finished add some festive stars or flags to complete the look.

Everybody say Cheese!

Last but not least… add a POP to your Table Decor! 

What you need:

  • Crape Paper
  • Tape
  • Flags
  • Jars
  • Flowers
  • Bandanas

For our final project just gather your Crepe Paper and arrange it in any pattern you think is adorable and best fits your table. First measure and tape each strand as you go… especially if it’s windy out.

laying out and securing as you go…

until your pattern is complete!

Add to your table decore with jars tied with a ribbon and filled with fresh cut flowers + pop in an American Flag! 

and add a final 4th of July flair by using bandanas as napkins. How cute is this?

Wishing y’all a safe, happy and FESTIVE 4th of July!

 

 

 

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G3 Fun with $ummer Finance | Value of the Dollar

by Mindy Lockard on July 1, 2018

Here’s how it works! I sent my girls to the store with a goal of spending $40.00 and the quest to buy ingredients for 3 healthy dinners. YES, you read it correctly, 3 family dinners for $40.00 dollars. Could they do it?

Step 1: Identify three meals that could share ingredients.

Elle came up with: Antipasta Salad, Pizza & Family Style Dinner Platter

Each of these planned meals could borrow ingredients from each other such as meat from the Pizza which could also be used in the Dinner Platter.

Step: 2 For each of the meals the girls made a list of ingredients and wrote it out on their phones to make sure they were not forgetting any.

Step 3:  Sending the girls into the store by themselves, they picked up the ingredients the needed!

Step 4: Making sure they didn’t go over their maximum, they added up all the ingredients on their phone calculators.

Step 5: Go home and start cooking!  The final products are pictured below starting with the Dinner Platter and next the delicious Pizza!  Who know you could have such amazing for under 40$?

 

 

 

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4G3 Fun with $ummer Finance DIY | Save Spend Give

by Mindy Lockard on June 30, 2018

Here is what you will need to start the project

  • Three decent size glass 
  • Magazines to find pictures of your goals
  • Mod Podge (and a container or small jar to put it in)
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Labels for “Save”,”Spend”, and “Charity”

Before you begin this project make sure you have workspace you don’t mind getting a little messy!

First you want to find magazines that capture your interests and represent your goals.  Cut out images related to what you are saving for, spending on, and also a charitable cause of your choice.

 

After you gather your magazine clips, take the Mod Podge and apply a thick layer on both sides fo the clip and adhere it to the jar.  Continue gluing on the clip until you have a look you are happy with!

 

While waiting for the Mod Podge to dry, which could take up to 30 minutes, design your labels and when everything is all dry you can put on those labels and get to saving!

 

 

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