Sometimes people do not realise the role that they play in a group. This exercise enables people to think of the effects they may have on others in a group situation. It also points out the benefits groups and teams have when they work together. It can also help the young women to recognise skills and qualities that they possess. This activity also can work for a regional fun day where young women may not all know each other.
Before the workshop, compile a series of 20 questions where they answers can be found from within the venue.
For more fun try to make the questions cryptic. For example: your venue may have a notice board on which your questions may involve finding out a certain bus number for a destination. Therefore the question can be worded as follows: Notice the timetable: what number bus will get you to Oxford Street?
After every four questions you can introduce a task. For example: give the participants a set of 12 pieces of paper varying in size and shape and inform them that they have to produce three different shapes using all of the twelve pieces of paper. At each task station you will need a young woman to give the rules and oversee the task.
To run this workshop you will require a leader, four helpers to help with the tasks and at least 3 groups of 4/5 young women. The coordinator can explain to the groups that they have to complete the quiz and tasks in a given time period of time. During this time they have to stay together and cannot split up.
You could also introduce an extra twist in the form of an anagram. You can do this by giving them a letter each time they complete the task. Then at the end they have to crack the anagram to win.
Once the time allocated has expired, the groups should be called together and a debriefing session should take place. Each group should be asked how they felt they worked together, who made decisions, what happened when someone disagreed and how did they achieve the tasks that were set etc. The leader should pull out examples of why, how and what made groups work or fail.
Completed series of questions – written or typed and photocopied enough for each group to have a copy, separate answer sheets, materials for tasks e.g. different shapes of paper which fit together to make one square, one triangle and one rectangle.