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Girls Circle

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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

Format

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:

Developmental Assets Strengthened

Girls Circle is NOT

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

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Oregon City, OR 97045
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