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Girls Circle Facilitator Training, Promoting Resiliency and Self-Awareness in Adolescent Girls, seeks to promote strong self-esteem in girls through training lay and professional adult women and older teen women to facilitate Girls' Circle support groups. Our purpose is to encourage the development of strength, courage, confidence, honesty, and communication skills for girls. Our goal is to enhance girls' abilities so they are able to take full advantage of their talents, academic interests, career pursuits, and potential for healthy relationships. Girls Circle Facilitator Training aims to furnish adults with the knowledge, skills, and support to effectively facilitate Girls Circles. We believe that Girls Circles are uniquely positioned to address and challenge cultural messages which limit and distort girls' self-image. We have found that girls' self-expression within a safe caring environment encourages self-confidence, authenticity in relationships, and enhanced judgement skills. While the Girls' Circle Facilitator Training focuses on meeting the needs of girls, it holds an underlying respect for and belief in the rights to equality, dignity, and opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, culture, gender, sexual orientation, or age.
The Girls Circle Association has developed a unique model to address the risk factors and needs of adolescent girls in a format that is conducive to building on girls strengths and developing resiliency. Since 1997, the Girls Circle training and curricula has been applied to programs in areas such as schools, peer leadership, health education, juvenile probation, economic literacy, outdoor adventure, athletics, pregnancy prevention, boys and girls clubs, scouting groups, school advisory groups, gang-prevention, and substance abuse prevention. Additionally, the training is recommended by the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention, the National Girls Caucus, a national clearinghouse of information and resources related to at-risk and court-involved girls, to provide this type of curriculum to all fields that serve youth - schools, mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, and community based organizations. Girls Circle Facilitator Training, Promoting Resiliency in Adolescent Girls, is a timely workshop that prepares adults with the tools they need to facilitate a girls' program. The workshop addresses the challenges facing adolescent girls and provides workshop participants with a solid, progressive framework of applicable skills to facilitate high powered, gender-responsive programs in their communities and organizations.
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