What is Girls Circle?

April 17, 2009 at 5:02 pm 1 comment

Girls Circle is a model of One Circle Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization and a Project of the Tides Center, based in Northern California. The research-based model, Girls Circle, is a gender responsive support group for girls, between the ages of 9-18, currently being utilized around the world. This strengths-based, skill building approach creates a safe space for girls to maintain authentic and healthy connections with peers and adults. The model empowers girls to address interpersonal concerns, discuss risky behaviors, build on protective factors, and develop relationship skills and strategies in a format that interests and engages girls. By providing organizations and communities with comprehensive program training, materials and activities, the needs and unique challenges that all girls face are addressed.

Today, more than 5,000 participants and over 1,600 organizations including non-profit agencies, government and state supported programs, institutions, and systems that work with adolescent girls use the program. The Girls Circle Model is endorsed by the U.S. Dept of Justice as a “promising approach” and is recommended in their Model Programs Guide.

The Girls Circle Model was founded in 1994 and is based in Northern California. Founders, Giovanna Taormina and Beth Hossfeld, MFT both have extensive experience and expertise in the development and implementation of program services for girls and academic backgrounds in organizational behavior, marriage, family and childhood therapy. Both have been published and are nationally recognized for their work with girls.

One Circle Foundation has also launched The Council for Boys and Young Men, found at http://www.boyscouncil.com, a strengths-based group approach to promote boys’ and young men’s safe, strong and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years.


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  • 1. Emma Guerrero-Pavich  |  May 1, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    As a trainer of this awesome program I can say without a doubt that I love this job. I see people come in excited to get the training and leave thrilled at having learned so much not only about the program but about themselves in just two short days. I am amazed at what a rich curriculum Girls Circle offers. The committment of the facilitators is tapped in the training and they fly into running circles sometimes the next day. They report back some incredible results and the girls I know love it. The thing I loved most about this training is how we as adults learn to say less and listen more and why this is sooo important for our girls. I love it, you’ll love it, we’ll love it! Do it!!!

    Aloha, Adios, Emma


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