Girls Circle

The Girls Circle model integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training in a specific format designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths, and competence 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 use authentic voices.

Each or every other week, a group of six to ten girls of similar age and development meet with a facilitator for 1 1/2 to two hours. The facilitator leads the girls group 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 computer. Themes are introduced which relate to the girls’ lives, such as being a girl, trusting ourselves, friendships, body image, goals, competition, and decision-making.

Accepted to the Portfolio:

  • The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship, March 2012
  • Jewish Family and Childrens Services, September 2014
  • Humanidad, February 2015
  • Sonoma County Probation Department, July 2015

Target Outcomes

Short Term Outcomes

  • School attachment
  • Avoiding self‐harm
  • Positive body image
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Avoiding tobacco
  • Communicating needs to adults
  • Making healthy choices (nutrition, self‐care, activities)
  • Using protection if choosing sexual activity
  • Self‐efficacy

Long Term Outcomes

  • Youth binge drinking
  • Youth drug use
  • Youth depression
  • Youth tobacco use
  • Teen birth
  • High school completion
  • Juvenile arrests
  • Gang membership
  • Physical activity
  • Youth connectedness to

Target Population


  • Youth (11 - 15)
  • Transitional Age Youth (16 - 24)

Service Area


  • Southeast (District 1)
  • Southwest (District 2)
  • Central (District 3)
  • Northeast (District 4)
  • Northwest (District 5)

    Program Implementers

    Program Funders

    Many thanks to the following funders for making this program possible.

    Local Funders

    • City of Santa Rosa
    • Family Law Council
    • Geyserville Unified School District
    • John Jordan Foundation
    • Mountain Mike's Pizza
    • Santa Rosa City School District
    • Sonoma County Probation Department

    Other Funders

    • California Department of Social Services