Building a supportive, effective and powerful tribe is so important for young people today. Why? A tribe is a group of people connected to an idea, connected to a leader and connected to each other. Connection is arguably the ultimate determiner of tribes: it creates similarity between members, and at the same time, it creates difference with other drives. A tribe has a purpose that unites members and each member of the tribe must commit to their tribe – if one member does not commit the Tribal Circle collapses and people can get hurt. All tribes are tested – tested on how committed they are to the tribe and how committed they are to the purpose. Over time, this commitment creates a history, a series of stories and traditions that get handed down to new members of the tribe. If these traditions are empowering, the tribe grows stronger. If not, the tribe can atrophy.
With these basic premises, this half-day workshop for Stuartholme School took 80 young ladies on a journey to create a new tribal identity and a new tradition based on success, support and connection using self-reflection activities, group games, experiential process and workbooks. No stone was left unturned, and as a result, Stuartholme turned placing 8th for the last 8 years into placing 5th at the Duhig Cup for the first time ever.