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Summer Personal Progress Goal Setting

Some of the other Summer Personal Progress experiences are a little pushy. They're all like: "Do this many experiences by this date! Now! Or else!" Or even worse, "Do Faith 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 this week." How, just how...?

The reason I like this program is it is personal, just like personal progress.

(+ I just redesigned it! Check out the new Summer Personal Progress goal-setting post here.)

Here's how to do this program in your ward:

1. Tell the Young Women about your Summer Personal Progress program. Give them the handout with calendars, and ask them to fill these out with travel dates and other events at home. I say this because if you ask them on the spot, they'll be like "meh." (Not that I would be any different, but...)

(Page two of the packet.)

2. Plan a fun activity where you'll be kicking off the program. It can be a mutual activity, replace a Sunday lesson, or be outside of church, at a leader's home, or even a YW sleepover. The possibilities are endless. Be sure to publicize this, and hand out the invitations below.

Get the PDF for them here. There are a bunch of PDF-editing programs out there for free, so you can either use one of those or handwrite and copy your specific info. If you're editing the PDF, you can whiteout the blank line and replace it with your ward name. The font I used was Quicksand.

3. Plan some fun stuff at this kickoff activity, like maybe a water balloon fight if it is nice outside, refreshments, group games, etc. But also make sure that in the activity there is time to meet with each Young Woman and review her packet with her. First, make sure you're on the same page with Personal Progress. Update your online record to match her PP book, and then look at what PP she's done and help her set that goal. She should have the ultimate say in what it is, though.
(Page one of the packet.) Some ideas of goals they can set are (as listed in the packet) doing x experiences, doing some specific projects, or even finishing the program, which is my goal this summer. 

4. Have them plan when to do the things they want to do. They can say that they'll do that Knowledge project, but if you plan together to work on it the week of July 4th, she'll be a little more likely to do it.

5. Plan a reward for if each person completes their goal. I feel like making them all do the same goal isn't a good idea, because they are all at different points in the PP program.

6. This step is optional. If you don't want to do it, scroll to the bottom of the page where the PDF of the packet is. But if you want, you can purchase a trifold. If you want, give me your ward name in the comments and your email and I'll make a custom sign for the bulletin board and send it to you. If you have a flower punch, punch out flowers with different colors for each of the different values. Each Sunday, ask if anyone's done anything. If someone did Knowledge 6, they can put up a green flower. This does not have to be with flowers. Maybe beach balls? Something more summer-y? It's all up to you!

I'm going to be doing this program this summer. I'm almost done with the PP program, and I think this one will meet my personal needs the most. 

Hope this helps!! 

Yours Truly,
Molly Mormon

PS. Find the % of PP a girl is done with at your leader page at personalprogress.lds.org.

PPS. BTW, PP means Personal Progress. I just got really tired of writing out the whole thing as I typed.

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