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Girls Circle is designed to: foster self-esteem; help girls maintain authentic connection with peers; counter trends toward self-doubt; and allow for genuine self-expression. When girls voice their ideas and opinions in a safe environment, it strengthens their confidence and encourages them to express themselves. By examining cultural expectations in a safe and supportive setting, girls gain greater awareness of their options and strengthen their ability to make choices that are consistent with their values, interests, and talents.

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Why Girls Circle

Girls Circle strives to encourage girls to hold on to their voices and stay true to themselves.  It enhances judgment and critical thinking skills for wise and healthy choices and counters trends towards self-doubt while improving self-esteem.  

What to Expect

In weekly sessions, a group of six to ten girls of similar age and development meet with a  female facilitator for 1.5 hours for 10 weeks (times and locations may vary).  At the last session, youth will participate in a completion celebration, allowing them to reflect of their time spent in the circle.   Youth are also welcome to continue attending groups after completion, if desired.

Learning Topics

  • Exploring New Perspectives
  • Relationship Values
  • Girl Fights
  • Communication Skills
  • Dealing with Authority
  • Figures
  • Stress Management
  • Goal Setting
  • Drug Use and Abuse
  • Self-Affirmations
  • Mind/Body/Spirit Balance
  • Body Image
  • Role Models
  • Growth and Self-Care


Opening Ritual:  An action that marks the commencement of the circle process.

Theme Introduction:  A short synopsis of what is planned for the meeting.

Check-In:  A time for participants to check in with the group and express whatever they wish or perhaps name something about the theme.

Activity:  Consists of verbal or creative activities which allow them the ability to express themselves in a safe environment without the danger of losing connections with others.

Sharing of Activity:  The Circle reconvenes to allow time for sharing.  Through careful questioning, girls can begin to share responses and feelings, interpret themes, explore commonalities, and make connection between the theme and their experiences in the real world.

Closing Ritual:  Brings a close to the shared experiences and sends the members off with a positive tone.

Risk and Protective Factors

Risk factors increase the likelihood a youth will participate in risky or illegal behavior while specific protective factors work as a powerful force that overcomes these risk factors at a 2 to 1 ratio.  As a result of this knowledge, Girls Circle works to address the following risk and protective factors:

  • There is an adult in youth’s life (other than a parent) she can talk to.  (Protective Factor)
  • Promotes youth to talk about the future in a positive way with plans or aspirations of a better life. (Risk Factor)
  • Addresses lack of empathy, remorse, sympathy, or feelings for her victim(s).  (Risk Factor)
  • Encourages youth to take responsibility for her behaviors. (Risk Factor)
  • Addresses communication within the family, providing youth with tools to both verbally and non-verbally share communication with healthy relationship boundaries. (Protective Factor)

Developmental Assets Strengthened

  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Responsibility
  • Planning and Decision Making
  • Interpersonal Competence
  • Cultural Competence
  • Resistance Skills
  • Peaceful Conflict Resolution
  • Personal Power
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sense of Purpose
  • Positive View of Personal Future.

Girls Circle is NOT

Therapy, but has the goal of supporting young women in making positive choices for their futures.

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