Zonta Club of Porterville launches Girls Circle

The Zonta Club of Porterville, USA, launched Girls Circle, a structured support group for girls and gender-expansive youth from 9-18 years old that integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training. It was designed to increase positive connection, strengths, and competence in girls. Also offered under the model is the Mother-Daughter Circle for mothers or female caregivers and their daughters.

Girls Circle aims to counteract social and interpersonal forces that impede the growth and development of girls and young women by promoting an emotionally safe setting and structure within which they can develop caring relationships and use authentic voices.

When girls and young women voice their ideas and opinions in a safe environment, it strengthens their confidence and self-esteem. It encourages them to express themselves more fully and critically think through their behavior and choices. By examining cultural expectations in a safe and supportive setting, they gain greater awareness of their options and strengthen their ability to make choices consistent with their values, interests and talents.