No boys allowed
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 http://www.youthzone.com , 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.
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