Focused on enabling coming-of-age girls to give their thoughts a voice through written self-reflection, the Journaling Program tasks participants with keeping a diary to practice mindfulness, mental self-care, and reflection.

“From a tiny spark may burst a mighty flame.”
—Dante Alighieri

2020 Journaling Program

Session 2: Personal Growth | July 11 – August 8, 2020
Evolve Workplace  260 Wentworth Ave. E, West St. Paul

Girls ages 12–17 are invited to join each other on a deep dive into nature’s most beautiful creation—their own minds. With up to three themed sessions, GRP’s Journaling Program helps participants form this invaluable habit with the tools, strategy, and encouragement they need to make moments of reflection a regular part of their lives. To help them on the way, girls are equipped with writing prompts, daily inspiration, weekly challenges, a supportive community through Canvas, and a GRP journal and toolkit.


It’s said that it takes 21 days to form a habit, so for good measure, each GRP Journaling Program sessions lasts 42. 

Our Journaling Program welcomes all preteen and adolescent girls to embark on a journey of introspection and self-improvement. Participants keep a daily journal, participate in weekly challenges, and explore themes of thoughtfulness, connection, and self-actualization. 

Special Program features include theme-related activities and techniques to practice and report on, a guest speaker tied to each session theme and an option to present at the annual youth conference.

Commitments: All participating girls will be asked to commit to the following:

  • Make daily journal entries, taking a minimum of 15 minutes out of their day to write
  • Check in with their co-journalers once a week to report on theme topics
  • Attend two face-to-face meetings to open and close the program


Journaling has long been known as one of the most beneficial practices of successful people throughout history. From Marie Curie to Lady Gaga, artists and scientists alike have used journals to organize and better articulate their thoughts on the way to making timeless masterpieces and revolutionary discoveries. Doctors recommend journaling to support mental health, citing research that found daily journaling can strengthen emotional and even physical health. For teens especially, developing a habit for daily self-reflection and emotional verbalization gives them a head start on everything from schoolwork to social scenarios—a chance to triage conflicts and simulate hypotheses; conceptualize positive methods to manage stress, anxiety, and depression; and practice healthy decision-making, set personal goals, and analyze negative thoughts and behaviors.


July 11 – August 8

Personal growth is the ongoing process of understanding and developing oneself in order to achieve one’s fullest potential. It is vital to one’s growth, maturity, success, and happiness and the foundation of emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual health.

Following our first session where we looked inward, the girls of the Journaling Program will take the lessons learned about themselves and their environments to create a path toward self-actualization. Developing healthy, productive behaviors now—and learning how to develop them later on—will set them on the path to success in their personal and professional lives, however, they want to define it. Girls will practice how to set goals while dreaming big, bounce back from stress and adversity, and give thanks in each and every day.

In addition to their writing commitments, girls will practice lifelong development skills:
• Curiosity
• Body Language
• Gratitude
• Growth Mindset
• Resilience


October 17 – November 14

Humans are deeply social animals—our relationships are crucial to our mental and emotional well-being. As children, our attachment to our parents has far-reaching effects on who we become and who we associate with. And each new relationship, in turn, reshapes our lives in untold ways.

In this last session, the girls will consider their relationships with others and ask how their identities are tied to them: Do they surround themselves with reflections of themselves, or do they mirror the people they surround themselves with?

In addition to their writing commitments, girls will practice self-discovery techniques and explore their relationships with others and themselves, including:

  • Mother & Daughter
  • Positive Self-talk
  • Self-worth
  • Personal Values
  • Peer Pressure





To many, practicing being present sounds like doing nothing. But the act of focusing on the now—known as mindfulness—is so beneficial, schools teach it to students to help with stress and anxiety.

Throughout this session, girls will be provided instructions for various mindfulness techniques. By focusing their attention on their thoughts, bodily sensations, and environment without judgment, the girls will be able to reflect on their feelings without being influenced by their anxieties about the past and future or the societal pressures to conform to an standard of beauty or status that no longer exist.

In addition to their writing commitments, girls will practice mindfulness techniques:

  • Meditation
  • Mindful Listening
  • Sensory Awareness
  • Setting Intentions
  • Body Scan


“It helped me notice how my actions affect others.”

“Journaling made me pay more attention to my actions throughout the day.”

“I liked doing the challenges every week. They were fun and helped you learn a lot.”