Something that we've started recently is that every month (the 1st Wednesday of the month), we've scheduled a Personal Progress spotlight for the YW during the first 20-30 minutes of Mutual (after opening exercises). Each time she comes up with something interesting and different (related to the value we're focusing on for the month) to get the girls talking about Personal Progress.
This month our value is "Knowledge", and she did a Jeopardy-type game with questions about Personal Progress. The girls were broken up into teams (of mixed-ages) and it was great! The girls (and leaders) had a lot of fun playing. We also learned a lot about the girls from the answers they gave. She had some prizes for the winning team, which made the game-play even more fun because they were a little more competitive!
She also made a wonderful Personal Progress tracker chart (its a good visual aid to remind them about Personal Progress, and we hope that they will also be encouraged to work on their program when they see that others girls are working on it, too!). The girls can now update the chart (on Sundays and at Mutual) with value experiences and value projects as they complete them.
If you click on the photo it will take you to the pin on Pinterest which talks more about this chart.
These are some great ideas for sparking interest in Personal Progress!!
OCTOBER 2012 UPDATE!
The photo above shows our ward's YW Personal Progress board in early August, 2012. The photo below shows our board as of October 24, 2012. Compare the two photos - what remarkable progress! Some of these Value Experiences and Value Projects have been newly completed over the past few months, but many of them were already completed (and signed-off in their Personal Progress books) and were never recorded by the Presidency. Having this easy way to see what the girls are doing/have done is a great help to us and an incentive to many of the girls. (In other fantastic news, we have had some new girls join us in the past 2 months, which means we now get to add 4 more girls to our board!!!)
JANUARY 2013 UPDATE!
The photo above shows our ward's YW Personal Progress board in early October, 2012. The photo below shows our board as of early January, 2013. Again, a lot more progress!!!! We had one young women complete her Personal Progress in December, and I just got the update that since this photo was taken, we have 3 young women who are now within one 10-hour project of completing the program!