Circles for Girls is an 8-week educational exploratory group for girls. In Circles for Girls a group of 5-10 girls gather with two college-aged facilitator and are able to use authentic voices to comfortably absorb essential information relating to their social, emotional, and physical well-being.
Circles for Girls is designed to increase positive connections, personal and collective strengths, and competencies in girls. It aims to counteract social and interpersonal forces that impede girls’ growth and development by promoting an emotionally safe setting and structure within which girls can develop caring relationships and express themselves while they learn and grow.
Circles for Girls are led by facilitators who guide girls through a format that includes each girl taking turns talking and respectfully listening to others about their concerns and interests. The girls express themselves further through creative or focused activities such as role playing, drama, journaling, poetry, dance, drawing, collage, and so on. Gender-specific themes and topics are introduced which relate to the girls’ lives, such as being a girl, trusting ourselves, friendships, communication, managing conflict effectively, body image, goals, sexuality, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, competition, family relationships, and decision-making.
When girls voice their ideas and opinions in a safe environment, it strengthens their confidence and self-esteem and encourages them to express themselves more fully and critically think through their behavior and choices. 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.