Girls United provides a strength-based, resiliency program that is developmentally and culturally conscientious...
Group members use critical thinking skills to dissect media and social influences, establish a healthy body image, improve self esteem and insight, connect with one another, identify healthy relationships, understand sexuality and learn how to self soothe and where to go for support.
Our Early Empowerment program is customized for girls in grades six and seven. Eight sessions of experiential learning with focus on critical thinking, self-soothing, and connecting with each other in positive ways is followed two sessions that focus on staying safe, sexual assault prevention and mentor development.
Both modules of the Early Empowerment program combine to create the robust ten-week Girls United program that is adapted for adolescents in grade eight and nine. The combined ten-session curriculum covers the following topics:
- Self Awareness
- Self Esteem & Body Image
- Media/Gender Issues
- Healthy Relationships
- Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution & Boundaries
- Social Media and Cyberbullying
- Healthy Sexuality
- Sexual Exploitation & Abuse
- Party & Street Smarts
- Emotional Wellness, Your Journey Ahead
Specialized professionals with trauma-informed training deliver both the Early Empowerment and Girls United programs. The curriculum utilizes evidence-based approaches for preventing sexual abuse and exploitation.Session content is flexible in order to meet the needs and developmental level of the group, with each session created to provide information, discussion, and experiential activities. Multimedia, art therapy, and/or self-regulating activities are integrated into each session.
By delivering this program in a school setting, we eliminate barriers and ensure that the girls who can most benefit from the program will have access to it. This allows us to facilitate girl’s connection with one another at school to improve long term outcomes and follow-up potential.