At the end of each six-week training course, our GURLS participants design and complete service projects that embrace our values of Generosity, Unity, Resilience, and Leadership, as well contribute to the development and expansion of Ultimate in the Bay Area. All service projects are open source, which means they are available for anyone to use to better support their players, teams and programs. We also want to note that some of our service projects use terms like girlx and womxn, which were historically used as a way to include trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming and gender queer individuals. While we no longer use these terms, we wanted to keep projects in their original form to honor the intentions and work our participants accomplished.
All of our service projects are categorized by GURLS Year. You can also find our full list of service projects on our Medium Page. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
Year One Service Projects
GURLS Year 1 focuses on the theme: Inspire. Participants learn how everyone has a unique leadership style and there are many different types of leadership roles one can take in Ultimate: a captain, coach, organizer, mediator, and project manager.
Articles and Guides:
Gender Equity in the Mixed Division by Lianna van Hout and Elizabeth Kibler. An article tackling the issue of gender inequity in the mixed division through the lens of Bay Area high school Ultimate players.
Equity Drills by Sushma Delaney Johnson. Drills for gender equity designed to create understanding about gender equity, and a follow-up survey to assess the drill’s success.
Gender Equity Guide for Mixed Teams by Kelsey Viadro. A guideline to encourage gender equity on mixed league Ultimate teams, a unique take that offers the option of useful techniques and ideas to make a step in the right direction.
The Pipeline Project by Chuc Luu. A research project attempting to discover what keeps youth from staying in ultimate to apply meaningful change to the community and establish a pipeline from elementary school through to college.
Buddy System Group Chat by Rowan Nykamp. A buddy system/group chat for beginner players to partner up with more experienced players. This group chat is a safe space and way to ask questions without any judgement or learn more about ultimate from other girls.
Beginner Frisbee Guide Website by Jacqueline Shim and Rachel Chang. A website that encourages and prepares new female ultimate players to try out for a team.
The Ultimate Sportby Yoonha Park.A children’s storybook about how frisbee is a game fit for anyone, encouraging children to learn more about the amazing sport.
GURLS Project Video by Mathilda Myerhoff. A highlight reel, including information about Ultimate and how to play.
Ultimate in the Bay by Thais Thomas and Valeria Gaona. A video highlighting fun questions and answers from Bay Area ultimate players.
Equity and Leadershipby Lauryn Bailado and Lian Noble. A presentation on equity and leadership for both boys and girlx.
Workshops and Curriculum:
Confidence Workshop by Katharina Leitner and Lydia Crook. A curriculum for a confident-building workshop for girls who play Ultimate, a classroom-style lesson on skills that are important for self-confidence and exercises participants can use to build confidence.
Are we as equitable as we say? by Ursa Kaiser and Goodness Nwakudu. Two surveys, one for male players and one for female players, that assessed how male mixed team players on Oak Tech’s high school team thought they acted and spoke around female players and how they were perceived by female players.
GURLS Clinic by Eliza Lerman and Jayna Frank. A summary and debrief of running an elementary school girls clinic.
GURLS Service Project by K. Liza Gull. A brief summary of hosting 3 20-minute presentations about ultimate to middle schoolers.
El Cerrito Girls Survey by Emily Denio. An analysis of responses by female and female-identifying athletes who played ultimate with El Cerrito during the 2017-2018 school year.
Year 2 Service Projects
Year 2 focuses around the theme: Build. Participants learn important soft skills to understand how they can be effective and powerful leaders. They also work together in larger groups to complete a human-centered design project that addresses a challenge currently facing Ultimate.
In the fall of 2020, one of our project groups made a workshop guide with the goal of supporting high school teams in discussing barriers to diversity, equity, and inclusion within their own programs. 2020 Year 2 Cohort: Ada Rauber, Goodness Nwakudu, Gabriella Lerman, Lianna van Hout, and Sushma Delaney Johnson
GURLS Year 3 focuses around the theme: Connect. Participants learn how to build their network and connect with prospective allies to support their cause.
Gender Equity Workshop
In November 2019, our Year 3 GURLS cohort designed and facilitated a Gender Equity Workshop, which primarily focused on helping leaders (coaches, captains, team admin etc.) on mixed teams better support and empower girls and women on their teams. The workshop was open to leaders across all divisions: High School, Middle School, Adult Club, and Adult Recreational.
The workshop weaved together powerful stories, discussion, activities, worksheets, and group scenarios so that participants walked away with immediate and long-term tangible items to implement on their teams or in their communities.
2019 Year 3 Cohort: Chuc Luu, Eliza Lerman, Jayna Frank, Liza Gull, Thais Thomas, and Valeria Gaona
For our Fall 2020 Year 3 GURLS project, our GURLS Year 3 cohort created a podcast called Raising Allies, which focused on conversations with a diverse group of ultimate frisbee players to unpack the importance of intersectionality and learn to engage in meaningful allyship.
2020 Year 3 Cohort: Mathilda Meyerhoff, Emily Denio, and Mia Beeman-Weber