For our LDS Young Women in Excellence night we decided to go with the theme “Personal Progress can change the world” We got the idea from a article in the New Era in November 2006 called Five Reasons to Love Personal Progress, the first reason to love personal progress was “Because it can change the world”
We delivered invitations to all the Young Women and their parents in our ward about a month before the activity to make sure that as many of them could attend as possible. If you would like to purchase this invite with your wards details please visit my Etsy shop. You will also be able to purchase the invitation for a New Beginnings activity if desired.
We decorated with maps, globes, old suitcases, and other stuff that we already had. We also made a map banner/bunting from a world atlas that we got from a thrift store. We used this on all the tables. One of the Young Women leaders decorated the blackboards which made the room instantly go along with the theme.
As we were in the Relief Society room for the activity we put brown butcher paper up on around the chalkboard to cover up all the announcements, this turned out great as it made it didn’t seem as busy with all the posters and activity announcements that are usually on display.
To decorate I also made some little posters that said Personal Progress can change the World:
Overall the only cost for this activity was only the food so it was very affordable…we decided to go with mini food items; mini cupcakes, mini fruit skewers, mini brownies with chocolate ganache and raspberry topping, and mini puff pastry with pepper jelly and brie. The food was an absolute hit!
For the actual program we had one of our Laurels conduct the meeting, we had an opening prayer, opening hymn (Come Follow Me #116), recited the YW’s theme. I did a quick welcome introducing the theme and talking about the New Era article.
All the YW and leaders then sang a musical item, we picked Guardians of Virtue because it is such a powerful song, but also has the line “We can change the world!” in the song, so it went perfectly with the theme!
Then we gave out any ribbons and other awards that the YW had earned that year.
We then showed a 20 minute video of the YW that we had prepared beforehand of them answering questions about personal progress. The video turned out so good, and we had more YW in the video than were able to come to the activity. We asked the Young Women questions such as, How can personal progress change the world? What have you worked on in personal progress this year? What goals are you making for personal progress this upcoming year? Lastly our Bishop had some closing words that tied in with the theme Personal Progress can change the world.
We then closed our Young Women in Excellence Program and had some treats and looked at the Personal Progress displays the YW had made. I totally forgot to take a picture of the table with all the girls personal progress displays, but here is a picture with some of it.
This was my first time ever doing a Young Women in Excellence night and I think it turned out pretty cute! It was very simple and could also work great for a New Beginnings theme.
If you are thinking of using this theme for your own Young Women’s in Excellence or New Beginnings you can purchase this invite with your wards details at my Etsy shop.