No boys allowed |

No boys allowed

Nancy MacGregor
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

What’s special about a group of girls getting together? Lots!

Girls can talk about things they likely wouldn’t even think about bringing up around boys, parents, teachers, or siblings. They can listen to each other’s opinions, viewpoints, and hear about successes and failures.

They can laugh, cry, scream or sit quietly in the presence of one another. These moments create a kind of safety net, when important conversations can be had without judgment or criticism. Voila! Girl’s Circle.

YouthZone offers middle and high school girls a chance to attend eight to ten sessions of the Circle facilitated by a female staff member, but largely directed by the participants themselves.

It’s an opportunity to drop preconceptions, check judgments at the door, and have fun sharing about some tough topics that only girls can relate to.

We talk about things like friendship, body image, self-esteem, goals, parents and relationships. The only requirement is to come with an open mind, and a desire to be part of the group. Our Circles do projects, crafts, journaling, role playing and have honest heartwarming discussions. We believe in the power of the Circle to bring out the strengths of each girl, and empower them to make positive choices.

They discover acceptance, and find out there are many reasons to love and enjoy who they are. We maintain strict confidentiality, and give the girls freedom to share as much, or as little, as they like. It usually doesn’t take long to create a special bond, which allows the understanding and learning to begin. Girls learn best by sharing their own experiences with each other – and often bring their personal struggles, questions, and joys to the table.

Girls Circles encourage adolescent girls to hold on to their voices and stay true to themselves.

It gives them an opportunity to explore critical-thinking skills which will help them make wise and healthy choices. Above all, it helps girls feel good about themselves so they move forward into adulthood with a strong sense who they are.

– Nancy MacGregor is a case manager for YouthZone in Rifle. For more information about Girl’s Circle or any programs offered at YouthZone, go to , or call the Rifle office: (970) 625-3141, or Glenwood: (970) 945-9300. Together we can change the world … one child, one parent, one family, or one Circle at a time.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User