The Girls' Circle
Organization: Girls Mentor Girls Inc.
Project Name: The Girls' Circle
Project ID: 130
Neighborhood/Communities that the project will serve: CB Bronx 05 (University Heights)
Project Description: In keeping with our mission, Girls Mentor Girls will create an online space for young women of color to support them with acquiring the mental literacy to understand and manage their emotions and feelings. The space will be facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who will set a calming tone for participants and guide them through exercises and discussions that help them discover ways to share how current issues are impacting them emotionally, and discuss ways to invest in and prioritize their mental health.
The group will meet twice weekly for 90 minutes, and engage in activities such as breathing exercises, stretching or meditation, and watching videos clips and literary work to promote deep conversations around topics like depression, anxiety, addiction, suicide, self-harm, identifying unhealthy relationships, with the goal of decreasing the stigma around mental illness and increasing health seeking efficacy. Keeping in mind that each person is the expert of their own lives, Girls Mentor Girls will create a brave space where youth can be transparent about how their mental health has been impacted by their life experiences. Participants will be involved in choosing the topics to discuss and will be provided with opportunities to participate in running portions of the meetings.