Who better to assist with a confidence boost than Michelle Obama? The former first lady is using her memoir Becoming as a catalyst for an empowering new program with Girl Scouts USA. Truthfully, the mission isn't just inspiring to children and teens—it's something that will resonate with women of all ages.
After the young reader adaptation of Becoming was released earlier this year, Michelle decided to join forces with the service group to help its members use their own personal stories to uncover the best version of themselves. Though Becoming Me—which kicked off with a virtual talk with Michelle on May 6—Girl Scouts will be able to participate in various activities, all while learning to harness their power.
"Her journey described in Becoming closely aligns with our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character," Girl Scouts USA's interim CEO Judith Batty said in a statement. "It is a story of sharing joys and triumphs, as well as the bumps and bruises along the way."
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The program will allow participants to take advantage of experiences that focus on Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers' core missions, such as supporting girls and maintaining your own mental health and wellness. Additionally, there are journal activities, free digital downloads, and excerpts from notable passages in the book available to Girl Scouts.
Even though the launch of Becoming Me was meant to make young girls think about their future, the sentiments Michelle discussed all serve as important reminders for women of all ages.
"I want to encourage you all, because you all are leaders and you will be leaders, to know that your voice has power, and with that power comes great responsibility to use it well," Michelle said. "You never want to just say the first thing that comes to mind. You want to think about it."
As the former first lady also noted to Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, we are all constantly evolving, working towards becoming the best version of ourselves. Good food for thought, even if your Girl Scout days are in the rearview mirror.
Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.
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