Circles for Girls

 Circles for Girls is an 8-10 week structured educational group for girls and young women. It brings together a group of 4-10 girls with trained facilitators to explore topics relating to social, emotional, and physical well-being. Some groups are conducted within schools, while others bring girls together in the evening at the offices of the Center for Dispute Resolution. 

The program is designed to help girls realize their strengths, withstand social pressures, and maintain healthy relationships. 

Circle facilitators

Advanced students and volunteers are trained to facilitate Circles for Girls.

What Happens in Circles

Circles for Girls offer a fun, thoughtful, creative, and respectful experience for young women that challenges them to make positive changes for the future. The curriculum of each group varies, but typical topics include:

  • communication skills,
  • body image,
  • healthy relationships,
  • substance abuse,
  • decision making,
  • conflict resolution,
  • peer pressure, and
  • goal setting,  among others.

In each session introduce the theme for the week. This is followed by an activity designed to help girls further explore the topic. Each session also includes guided discussions as well as journaling. Between sessions facilitators respond to girls’ journal entries to answer questions and provide feedback.The structure of Circles for Girls allows girls to receive information and explore topics in a meaningful way. 


The Circles for Girls program offers a number of benefits!

  • Allows girls to use authentic voices and stay true to themselves
  • Enhances critical thinking skills for wise and healthy choices
  • Improves self-esteem
  • Promotes positive interpersonal and family relationships
  • Decreases risky and destructive behaviors
  • Provides an opportunity for girls to learn, grow, and connect with others while having fun.

How to Participate

Do you know a girl (aged 12-17) who might benefit from participating in Circles for Girls? If so, please contact the CDR at 417-836-8831 for more information on this program! New groups begin every few weeks, and there is no charge for participation in the program.