Young Women in Excellence - Fashion Show (NOT!)


Red Wrapping Paper<BR>Microphone<BR>Centerpieces for table<BR>mirrors and beauty supplies
We told the girls that we were having a fashion show. They were all excited and we had a room set up for applying makeup and putting the finishing touches on their hair. They were asked to wear an outfit that made them feel their best.

What the girls didn't know was that this wasn't a fashion show but instead their parents were told weeks before to be prepared to talk about their daughters inner beauty and what YW Value they demonstrate everyday. Parents were told not to comment about their external beauty and no mention of their outfits. And of course, parents had to keep this hush hush.

We have about 30 girls in our YW program, so we had the girls in the other room getting ready and we sat tables out for the parents and used wrapping paper as the red carpet. They walked the red carpet, one at a time, being escorted by the bishop, as their parents raved about them to everyone from the podium. The girls were brought one by one to the red carpet so nobody had a clue what was going on and after their turn on the red carpet, they were asked to sit with their parents, so they wouldn't ruin the surprise for the others. It was a wonderful program.

Then we followed the show with the awards of emblems and medallions and finished with refreshments.

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bernice's picture

The idea is great. I like

The idea is great. I like it. But, according to the leaders handbook of instructions the YW should actively plan with their leaders YW in Excellence, New Beginnings etc. This has been a bit of an issue with our ward. We leaders have great and fun ideas, but the bottom line is that the girls are the ones that need to brainstorm, pick out activities and learn from their successes and failures so they can become effective adult leaders. It is such a fine line to walk. But, ultimately it is the girls who should feel proud of their work, not the leaders.

Jenny Smith's picture

Since YWIE is really just a

Since YWIE is really just a glorified Mutual activity, I agree with your statement that the girls should be active in planning. Girls also need to learn to become good followers, too, which means they should also get used to accepting and completing assignments even when they have not necessarily been involved in specific planning. Young Women leaders also have a responsibility to to demonstrate what an activity should look and run like. Young Women Leaders have to be actively involved in both planning and implementing activities, while making assignments to and getting feedback and ideas from young women. But when working with youth, you have to remember that young women are leaders in training -- not leaders.

I don't have a problem with youth leaders running an activity themselves every now and again, and I'd never second guess leaders for having a special evening for their young women that may or may not have involved the youth in every detail of planning. I simply do not know the circumstances or inspiration that went into the decision. Remember, the handbook is just that: a handbook; it's not a book of commandments.

I think this is a great activity, too, and would really build up weak self-esteem AND strengthen family bonds. I'd have no problems planning or running it.

Anonymous's picture

I agree that the handbook

I agree that the handbook needs to be followed. A compromise we have had to make in our ward due to none of the girls feeling capable of tackling this event themselves is to have a young woman in excellence committee. A girl from each class is chosen to help plan and take on the tasks needed to get it completed. They meet at a leader’s house and together the leader and the girls work on different tasks. i.e. Invitations, refreshments, decorations, programs, etc.. This is a great opportunity to create a bond that will later help them see the leader as an example of who she wants to become. As leaders I think we need to be there to help, but make sure we aren’t taking over by doing more than what the girls are willing to do them selves.