Girls Circle

Girl’s Circle focuses on increasing girls’ self-efficacy, perceived social support, and body image, while working towards decreasing substance use, self-harming behaviors, and delinquency. Further, it is designed to foster self-esteem, help girls maintain authentic connection with peers and adult women in the community, counter trends toward self-doubt, and allow for genuine self-expression through verbal sharing and creative activity. 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 use authentic voices.

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Format: At each session, the facilitator leads the group of girls through a format that includes each
girl taking turns talking and listening to one another respectfully about their concerns and interests. The girls express themselves further through creative or focused activities such as role playing, drama, journaling, poetry, drama, dance, drawing, collage, clay, and so on. Gender specific themes and topics are introduced which relate to the girls’ lives, such as being a girl, trusting ourselves, friendships, body image, goals, sexuality, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, competition, and decision-making.

Circle Guidelines: The Girls Circle does not aim to provide advice, but encourages girls to share experiences that are helpful to one another. To participate, girls need only have the desire, make a commitment to attend the meetings, and agree to follow the circle guidelines, i.e. respect, no put-downs or interruptions, offer experiences - not advice, keep the focus on oneself, and keep what’s said in the group private. Girls are free to share at their own pace.


Grade: Middle or high school girls (maximum 12 girls)

Cost: $1500 for 10 weeks Plus cost of supplies

Length: Ten 45-minute sessions

Call for fee schedule or possible grant funding. For more information, call 973-383-4787 or email Girls Circle Group.