Most of the grant money went toward purchasing supplies and refreshments for the students who participated in our workshops. We knew that the students at Animo Florence Firestone Middle School might not be fully bought into the idea of attending workshops taught by older students they didn't know, so we made a decision early on to spend a lot of the funds on food and treats to incentivize them to attend the workshops.
We purchased lesson and school supplies, including pens, index cards, post-it notes, gluesticks, and--most importantly--special journals that the AFF students used each week to do their warm-ups, write responses to activities, and reflect.
We purchased copies of Rosalind Wiseman’s Queen Bees and Wannabes and Alexis Jones’ I Am That Girl to help us come up with ideas for our curriculum.
Each week we purchased food and drinks for the AFF students that we thought they would like. This was the largest part of our budget.
To celebrate students who successfully completed our workshop series, we put together certificates and goodie bags that we gave to our "graduates" at the final session.