• Girls Circle is an evidence-based, nationally recognized after-school program designed to improve the overall health and well-being of adolescent girls.

    Certified facilitators lead interactive discussions and experiential activities on various topics including:

    • Relationships With Peers
    • Healthy Self-Expression
    • Expressing Individuality
    • Honoring Diversity
    • Health & Wellness Practices, Body Image
    • Friendship
    • Family Dynamics
    • Social & Emotional Development 
    • Building Self-Esteem

    Why the YWCA of Olympia? YWCA Olympia is uniquely qualified to deliver gender-responsive services to women and girls. We've delivered Girls Circle to 1,000+ young women in our community and we are part of the largest multi-cultural social justice organization in the nation. We are the original authority on serving and supporting women and girls. Read YWCA CEO Hillary Soens' Op-Ed in the 04/21/15 issue of The Olympian about Girls Circle.

    Why join? Girls Circle helps increase confidence and resilience in young women and allows you to discover and use YOUR authentic voice. Read the words of a Girls Circle Member.

    How do we register or get involved? Free, school-based, after-school circles are happening in eight schools around Thurston, Mason, and Lewis counties. You can sign up online or at your school office. You can also contact our office at (360) 352-0593 and additional questions can be directed to Monica Gockel, Girls Circle Program Coordinator at MGockel@ywcaofolympia.org