The Girls Circle Project

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The Girls Circle Project is designed to train college women to facilitate Girls Circles in Columbus-area schools and agencies. A Girls Circle, made up of two college women co-facilitators and 5 to 10 young girls, is meant to both empower young girls and also to foster healthy relationships among them.


IMPACT. 1: Since 2008, the Girls Circle Project has trained over 140 OSU college women to run approximately 135 Girls Circles and thereby impact approximately 900 girls' lives in the Columbus area. In 2014 - 2015, The Girls Circle Project partnered with 19 different greater Columbus public, private, and charter schools, as well as agencies, to positively reach numerous girls between the 4th and 12th grades. -- 2. The young girls report positive experiences in understanding their own identities, other cultures, and more healthy and open peer relations. The facilitators report increased confidence in public speaking and leadership skills; a greater understanding of diversity, social constructs, power, and privilege and how they affect our views and interactions in society; and the realization of how much of a difference they can make in a young girl's life.
OSU PARTNERS: College of Education & Human Ecology; Department of Women's, Sexuality, and Gender Studies; Office of Service-Learning; Office of Student Life; Second Year Transformational Experience
COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Columbus Alternative High School; KIPP Journey Academy; Hilliard City Schools; Hilliard Darby Elementary; New Albany Middle School; St. Brendan School; Summit Transition Academy Middle School and High School; The Wellington School; Washington Elementary; YWCA
PRIMARY CONTACT: Vicki Pitstick (



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