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Girls Circle

Why Girls Circle

Girls Circle encourages girls to hold on to their voices and stay true to themselves. It enhances judgment and critical thinking skills and improves self-esteem. Girls Circle is not therapy, but has the goal of supporting young women in making positive choices for their futures.

What to expect

In ten weekly sessions, six to ten girls of similar age and development meet with a female facilitator for 1.5 hours. At the last session, youth participate in a completion celebration, allowing them to reflect on their time spent in the circle. They are welcome to continue attending after completion, if desired.

Learning topics


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: Time for participants to check in with the group and express whatever they wish or perhaps name something about the theme.

Activity: 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 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. Girls Circle works to address the following risk and protective factors:

Developmental assets strengthened

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Phone number 503-655-8342
Address 2121 Kaen Road
Oregon City, OR 97045