Looking for meaningful activities to share with the girls in your group? Whether you run an after-school program, a Girl Scouts troop, or another youth organization, you can count on Career Girls to provide engaging and educational experiences that will inspire girls to dream big —  and help equip them with the tools they need to succeed.

Of course, you want to support the girls you work with in achieving positive outcomes. Among the many benefits of your program might be boosting school performance, promoting healthy habits, and building a solid foundation for future success. Outside-of-school programs can be an important resource when it comes to helping students imagine and plan for their futures. But with endless careers out there, how can you help the girls you work with find their path?

Career Girls is a high-quality, no-cost resource that does exactly that.  Plus, Career Girls is ad-free — keeping the focus on the girls you serve. There is lots to explore, and no one right way to use Career Girls. But a great place to begin is with the Empowerment Lessons.

Using the Empowerment Lessons

Clear and easy-to-use, the Empowerment Lessons are a high-quality, no-cost career guidance and development tool designed by experienced educators. Career-Based Empowerment Lessons are centered around career exploration, and Skill-Based Empowerment Lessons focus on social and emotional learning (SEL) with key topics such as teamwork, confidence, communication, leadership, financial literacy, and the importance of integrity. Each have been designed to help the girls in your group develop the tools for lifelong success while they are still in middle- or high school.

Each lesson centers around a short video clip that features real-world role models who share straight-to-the-point career insights and advice. These videos are paired with ready-to-use educational resources that build on the most important concepts.

To get started, just follow a few simple steps:

  1. Choose an Empowerment Lesson. Career-Based Empowerment Lessons are located on the Find Your Path page and Skill-Based Empowerment Lessons are located on the Develop Life Skills page. Each Career Girls Empowerment video is about two minutes and focuses on a different topic. You can use the Empowerment Lessons in any order that best meets the needs and interests in your group. For example, to help girls build the confidence they need to participate and excel in any endeavor, share Be Confident.
  2. Download the Corresponding Resources. Each Empowerment Lesson has a corresponding set of resources accessible on each video page (see example) and can also be accessed individually through the Resources module at the bottom of this page. Download and print the PDFs you'd like to use.
  3. View the Video with Your Group.  It may be helpful to preview the video first, noting information that is particularly relevant or vocabulary you might want to review. For example, with “Be Confident,” discuss what confidence means: Is confidence something you get all at once or something that builds? What are some things you feel confident about? How did you develop confidence in this area? What would you like to feel more confident about?

Use the corresponding resources to take the learning further:

  • Independent Learning Guide: (see example) This guide is designed to engage girls in digging deeper into concepts introduced in the videos. The girls in your group could complete this guide on their own, but you'll find that it's also a great tool for sparking meaningful conversations that can have a lasting impact.
  • Classroom Lesson Plan: (see example) While designed for school settings, you may find this resource helpful for taking an in-depth look at topics of particular interest.
  • Fun Page Activity: (see example) Guide the girls in your group in completing this fun activity to further connect what they learned in the video to their own lives.

Use the "Positively Empowered!" Certificate. Goal-setting is important in school and beyond. The Positively Empowered! certificate provides an easy and concrete way to help girls set personal goals for developing the skills and knowledge they need to go after their dreams — and track their progress.

Using the Career Exploration Tools

Along with ready-to-use Empowerment Lessons, Career Girls offers built-in career exploration tools to engage girls in expanding career awareness, imagining what's possible, and taking important steps to plan for their futures.

The free Career Quiz is a fun place to start. This quick and easy quiz helps girls discover careers that may be a match for their skills and interests, with links to role models who can help them learn more. Girls who are natural problem-solvers, for example, can meet Makeda Keegan, an IT Systems Manager. Makeda encourages girls not to be afraid of software and coding. More important than being good at math, she explains, is being "curious, enthusiastic, and thorough."

You can also guide your group exploring by Career Clusters, such as STEM, Health Sciences, and Finance. Or, let them jump right into an A to Z tour of Careers and the Role Models who work in them — from an Accountant to a Zoologist.

College Majors are great place to explore which courses might be required for degrees like Forensic Science, Film and Media, or Electrical Engineering. Each major is linked to related careers and each career is also linked back to related college majors.

Make sure your group is aware of our Student Resources. The printable resources promote independence, providing tools girls can use to track careers they explore and connect those careers to their own interests and goals. Be sure to check out the free motivational posters (see example). These colorful posters share powerful advice from real-life role models to help girls develop the stick-to-itiveness they need to go after their dreams.

Use Our Group Leader Resources

Use the Resources module below to find these additional group leader resources:

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  • 4-Wheel Balloon Car – Empowerment Activity

    Topic/Theme:​ Engineering Careers – Use this Empowerment Activity to reinforce the corresponding video and build teamwork and community within your Career Girls Club or other group. Keywords: Activities, engineer, STEM
    (330.98 KB, pdf)
  • A Future That is Ours

    Deborah Cullinan, Chief Executive Officer: The more that we are inspired, the more we can see a future that is ours. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster.
    (2.19 MB, pdf)
  • A True Leader

    Rebekah Salwasser, Sports Executive: A true leader is able to walk in other people's shoes. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster. Keywords: leadership
    (2.07 MB, pdf)
  • Be Confident: Classroom Lesson Plan

    This guide facilitates whole-class and small-group learning with the Be Confident Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website. Keywords: classroom lesson plans, videos, CLP, soft skills, skill-based, skill based, confidence
    (269.11 KB, pdf)
  • Be Confident: Fun Page Activity

    This activity invites students to further explore concepts from the Be Confident Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website. Keywords: fun page activities, FPA, videos, soft skills, skill-based, skill based, confidence
    (266.95 KB, pdf)
  • Be Confident: Independent Learning Guide

    This guide is designed to support quick-start, discussion-based group learning, as well as students who are independently exploring the Be Confident Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website. independent learning guides, ILG, videos, soft skills, skill-based, skill based, confident
    (985.33 KB, pdf)
  • Become a Leader – Classroom Lesson Plan

    This guide facilitates whole-class and small-group learning with the Become a Leader Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website. Keywords:

    Keywords: classroom lesson plans, CLP, videos, soft skills, skill-based, skill based, leadership, leading

    (290.41 KB, pdf)
  • Become A Leader – Fun Page Activity

    Use this activity page with students in conjunction with the Become a Leader Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website. Keywords: fun page activities, FPA, videos, soft skills, skill-based, skill based, leadership
    (313.90 KB, pdf)
  • Become a Leader – Independent Learning Guide

    This guide is designed to support quick start discussion-based group learning and students who are independently exploring the Become a Leader Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website. independent learning guides, ILG, videos, soft skills, skill-based, skill based, leadership, be
    (212.22 KB, pdf)
  • Career Action Plan

    Use this page to explore what it takes to prepare for a career. (Print multiple copies to explore more than one career.)

    Keywords: printable, printables
    (199.94 KB, pdf)
  • Career Comics 1

    Use your imagination to create comics that explore questions about careers: How do I do this? What is this job like? Your comics can be funny, silly, clever, serious, or any combination. (Print multiple copies to create comics for more than one career.)

    Keywords: printable, printables, comic strip
    (281.94 KB, pdf)
  • Career Comics 2

    Use your imagination to create comics that explore questions about careers: How do I do this? What is this job like? Your comics can be funny, silly, clever, serious, or any combination. (Print multiple copies to create comics for more than one career.)

    Keywords: printable, printables, comic strip
    (151.59 KB, pdf)
  • Career Comics 3

    Use your imagination to create comics that explore questions about careers: How do I do this? What is this job like? Your comics can be funny, silly, clever, serious, or any combination. (Print multiple copies to create comics for more than one career.)

    Keywords: printable, printables, comic strip
    (202.32 KB, pdf)
  • Career Connections Certificate

    Explore 10 different careers to complete this certificate. Decorate a star for each career area you explore.

    Keywords: printable, printables, certificates
    (546.35 KB, pdf)
  • Career Exploration 101 – Classroom Lesson Plan

    This guide facilitates whole-class and small-group learning with the Career Exploration 101 Empowerment Video in the Find Your Path section of the website. Keywords: classroom lesson plans, videos, career-based, career based, CLP, explore
    (284.10 KB, pdf)
  • Career Exploration 101 – Fun Page Activity

    Use this activity page with students in conjunction with the Career Exploration 101 Empowerment Video in the Find Your Path section of the website. Keywords: fun page activities, FPA, videos, career-based, career based, explore, careers
    (55.69 KB, pdf)
  • Career Exploration 101 – Independent Learning Guide

    This guide is designed to support quick start discussion-based group learning and students who are independently exploring the Career Exploration 101 Empowerment Video in the Find Your Path section of the website. Keywords: independent learning guides, ILG, videos, career-based, career based, explore,
    (213.97 KB, pdf)
  • Career Girls Journal

    Use this activity page as a follow-up to Career Girls videos. Each of four sections engages girls in examining careers more closely and making connections: What are important things to know about this career? What questions do I have about this career or role model? What…

    (140.63 KB, pdf)
  • Career Tracker

    This chart helps you keep track of careers you explore. (Print multiple copies of this page.)

    Keywords: printable, printables
    (99.33 KB, pdf)
  • Career Words Comics

    This comic strip format builds word-picture associations to support students’ acquisition of key vocabulary. The fun, accessible format combines dialogue and context to actively reinforce vocabulary students encounter in the videos and in the corresponding classroom lessons.

    Keywords: printable, printables, comic strip
    (237.57 KB, pdf)