Girls Circle is a research-proven intervention program that is implemented in several elementary and middle schools throughout Aiken County.  It is a youth development approach that creates a safe place for girls to address risky behaviors, build on personal strengths and improve relationships in a format that interests and engages the girls.

Girls Circle groups are led by a certified facilitator who covers a variety of topics such as: friendship, body image, female identity, stereotypes, trusting one’s self and others, aggression and dating violence, diversity and cultural heritage, relationships, substance abuse and risky behaviors, goal-setting and self-care.

2015 Aiken Youth Empowerment Program Stats

"To All My Ladies, Way to Go!"
In 2015, 122 girls participated in the Girls Circle program in 9 different schools, and other youth-serving organizations.

  • 37.3% of the girls had an increase in feelings of self-efficacy
  • 37.1% of the girls had an increase in feelings of social support
  • 41.6% of the girls had an increase in their overall perception of their body

2014 Aiken Youth Empowerment Program Stats

 

"This One's for the Girls"
In 2014, 151 girls participated in the Girls Circle program in 7 different schools.

  • 30.2% of the girls had an increase in feelings of self-efficacy
  • 27.5% of the girls had an increase in feelings of social support
  • 36.1% of the girls had an increase in their overall perception of their body

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