The Lakewood Probation Girls Circle group is a model of structured support groups for girls. It is designed to foster self-esteem, help girls maintain authentic connection with peers and adult women in their community, counter trends toward self doubt and allow for genuine self expression through verbal sharing and creative activity.
Each week the group meets with our probation officer facilitators for one hour. Facilitators then guide the girls through a format that includes each girl taking turns talking and listening to one another respectfully about their concerns and interests. The girls express themselves further through creative or focused activities such as role playing, drama, writing in journals, poetry, dance, drawing, collage, clay and more. Discussion and activities help girls to strengthen their confidence and self-esteem and to think critically about behavior and choices. Topics discussed are tailored to the current group needs which may include but are not limited to dating violence, substance abuse, self esteem, relationships, goals, etc.
Chief Probation Officer Jennifer Zubalik