We have adopted the research-based Girls Circle Curriculum for the Enrichment Track of our program. Once a week, our girls will meet with our Enrichment Coordinator and mental health counselor in the Girls Circle format of relationship building, finding their voice, and encouraging authenticity through verbal and creative activities.
Once a week, our girls will meet with our Empowerment Coordinator and mentors where they will hear from guest speakers, participate in relationship and team building activities, and take real world experience trips in our community.
From their teacher:
This program is exposing them to opportunities that they would not have due to financial or family situations. A few of my favorite memories are when the girls were going to learn about Backpack Buddies from the local food bank- this very program serves many of these girls every weekend. Another memory is when the girls had their mid-year celebration. They chose a fancy dress to wear, brought their own shoes, and were gifted with a new handbag. I visited them at the fancy restaurant and they were on their best behavior, I was amazed at what I saw! All of the girls's expressions were priceless, one student could not believe that they were drinking from "glass cups".
When they came into the classroom the next day, they shared every detail, and one student shared, "The night made me feel like Cinderella." This program makes them feel like Cinderella each time they attend.
I am thankful for this program because they use the leadership skills taught in the program during school and in our classroom. For example, several of the girls were beginning to start drama over an incident at breakfast. One of the students said, "We need to remember what we learned in Step-IN" and it stopped immediately. This program is critical for our girls, and I hope that it can be continued next year to offer continuity and enrich their lives even more.
We are looking for mentors, community partnerships to build upon, and guest speakers to participate in our Step-In Program! If you are interested in any of these areas, we would love to hear from you through the form below!
become a step-in mentor
We're looking for 8-10 Mentors for to attend one weekly session from 3-6 pm on either Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays. If you would like to be a Mentor, please fill out the form!