PW, a gender-specific and focused program, works with girls and LGBTQ+ teens ages 12-18. From its beginnings, the program has focused on serving under-resourced teens (lacking economic resources, family support, opportunities), girls of color, and everyone who is looking for a positive role model in their lives to achieve personal, academic, and professional goals. One of the main goals of the program is to close the gap on disparities, correct negative behaviors, address generational and racial trauma, begin the healing process, and prevent girls from entering or reentering the juvenile justice system.
The program has multiple components in an attempt to address the needs of the participants. Girls Circle is a group mentorship service for participants ages 12-18 who are presenting behavioral problems such as anger, aggression, educational deficit and truancy, poor self-esteem and self-image, poor decision-making, difficulty effectively solving a problem, authority and/or family conflict, criminal and/or negative peers, habitual runaways, impulse control disorder and oppositional defiance disorder; in addition to those experiencing domestic violence in the home.
The Girls Circle curriculum covers goal setting, identifying problem behaviors that are impairing daily functioning, triggers of anger and coping with anger, teen pregnancy prevention, STD prevention and safe sex, positive decision-making, conflict resolution, identifying risky behaviors, positive community engagement, substance abuse prevention, academic excellence and financial literacy, and communication skills. The groups are led by trained facilitators to correct negative behaviors and promote positive improvements in youth’s lives.
Angel mentoring is an intense, one-on-one trauma-informed mentoring service for girls and LGBTQ+ youth ages 12-18 who are identified as survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, molestation, intimate partner violence (IPV), and stalking, whose primary goal is to restore recipients to the highest level of functioning through trauma-healing, self-love, empowerment, resiliency, and support. The program is based on strengths and empowerment perspectives, with all mentors trained in a trauma informed approach.
The Peer Mentoring Program allows graduating participants to give back to the community. Once successfully graduated and/or terminated from one of the programs above, participants ages 15+ can become peer mentors in the Girls Circle. Once they meet the requirements and complete the necessary training, they can assist in the group mentoring, motivating and supporting other youths in the program by being positive role models.
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