Girls’ Circle: A two-day training
As I sat in the back of the room, I watched as fifty women (and a few men) came together and united for one cause; strangers before, now inspired and learning as a team. The Girls’ Circle Training came to Glenwood Springs for two days to train women and men on the importance of relationships, connections and Girls’ Circle. The minute I learned about this curriculum I fell in love. It was awe-inspiring and aligned with everything that I believed in. What I didn’t realize at the time was how empowering and amazing it was with the people it was targeting, adolescent females.
After being trained two years ago, Sarah Woods Kelly and I decided to jump head first into the group. We were so excited leaving the training that we spent the five hour drive home planning exactly how we would execute our first group. Our first group brought together diverse young women that struggled with very different issues and also had many things in common. The first commonality was the fact that each of them came to us for fighting. What is most interesting was that some of the girls in the circle had fought each other. Sarah and I decided that if it was going to work, it would work with even the hardest circumstances, so we dove in head-first. Much to our delight, our 10 week group was a HUGE success. The girls left, if not best friends, at least accepting and respecting each other. I would imagine we won’t see them fighting each other any time soon.
What is the secret, you ask? It is pretty simple, in two hours, girls talk with each other about issues that concern girls. It is real. It teaches peace. It feeds the female brain. Facilitation, for me, is special because it pushes me to be a better person. Often I walk into a group ready to facilitate and usually I walk out educated and enlightened. More often, I walk away being so proud to be a part of something so great. Feedback from the girls:
“I learned views on certain things and that there is more than one way to look at things.”
“I’m more confident and I have a better understanding of myself.”
“I liked that they are straight up with the girls.”
“I respect myself more.”
There are now fifty new people trained in Girls’ Circle from Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho. I would venture a guess that everyone walked out of the training as excited as Sarah and I were two years ago. Part of the secret is the natural human nature in women to connect and build relationships. YouthZone is seeing more “girl fights”. What an awesome opportunity to model to girls that it doesn’t have to be that way; that actually, life is greater with good friends. For more information on Girls’ Circle and/or to sign up a special girl in your life, please contact YouthZone or visit us on the web.
– Jenna Roe is a YouthZone Case Manager
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