Girls Circles & Boys Circles

YWCA Alaska is recruiting Youth Circle Facilitators for Summer 2017! Please apply by May 1, 2017!

 Would you like to help empower our youth?

Leading a Circle is a very rewarding experience, as you are directly impacting a young person’s life in a very positive way.  We depend on volunteers to keep this program going!

“The girls in my group are very strong. They are so positive and fun which makes the lessons a blast.” Virginia – Fall 2014 Circle Facilitator

 “I am not sure who benefited more from the Girls Circle, the girls, or me!” April – Spring 2015 Circle Facilitator

Facilitators lead a circle once a week over a school semester or during the summer. Facilitators are required to go to one training session at the beginning of the semester and lead a circle once a week over the course of either an 8 or 10-week program.

CLICK HERE for the Youth Circle Facilitator application!


Girls Circle

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Girls Circles are structured support groups for girls that are designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths, and competence in girls.

The program aims to counteract social and interpersonal forces that impede girls’ growth and development by promoting an emotionally safe setting and structure within which girls can develop caring relationships and use authentic voices.DSC03200

Girls Circle gives girls the tools to hold on to their voices, stay true to themselves, and enhance their judgment and critical-thinking skills so that they make wise, healthy choices. This program also teaches girls how to identify unhealthy and healthy relationships with their peers and adults. The Girls Circle model has been proven to increase girls’ self-efficacy, body image, and social support.

Girls Circles are held weekly for one and a half hours with a group of six to ten girls, for eight weeks.

Boys Circle

Boys Circle is a strengths-based group approach to promote boys’ and young men’s safe and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years. Circle meets a core developmental need in boys for strong, positive relationships. In this structured environment, boys and young men gain the vital opportunity to address masculine definitions and behaviors and build their capacities to find their innate value and create good lives – individually and collectively!


Circle aims to promote boys’ natural strengths, and to increase their options about being male in today’s world. Circle challenges myths about how to be a “real boy” or “real man”. It engages boys in activities, dialogue, and self-expression to question stereotypical concepts and to increase boys’ emotional, social, and cultural literacy by promoting valuable relationships with peers and adult facilitators.


Thanks to the Alaska Ski For Women for their support of the Circles!

The YWCA Alaska uses a nationally acclaimed curriculum for each Circle, for more information visit:


YWCA Alaska hosts Youth Circles in Anchorage schools and community centers. If you are a school or community center employee or administrator, please contact YWCA Alaska’s Youth Empowerment Program Manager about bringing circles into your school or center.

Jessica Limbird • Youth Empowerment Program Manager • • 907-644-9621