The EGA program features three main components:
- Mentorship Training
Mentorship training is designed to be a two part training. The first part is called Reclaim Your Teenage Power and is an experiential day of healing for adult women who are considering mentoring. The second part is a day covering the nuts and bolts of mentoring for EGA. The mentor training alleviates women’s concerns about whether they have what it takes to mentor and provides them with the useful tools and support they will need to succeed.
- Empowered Girl Weekend
The EGA Weekend is powerful for both the girls and adult staff. By disclosing the truth about their lives, the staff create a safe place for the girls to also share the details of their lives. Because of the safety and authenticity, the weekend is a deeply bonding experience that creates trust and builds close connections between girls and their mentors.
- Integration and Ongoing Support
Empowered Girl Circles meet monthly for 2-3 hours and provide a safe place for Empowered Girls to return to regularly in order to receive ongoing support, guidance and share the details of their lives with their EGA peers and mentors. We encourage open, adult-facilitated discussion as a means to explore options and examine consequences. We do not share our biases or advise, but empower girls to make sound decisions.
In addition to regular circle meetings, Empowered Girls are encouraged to connect at least weekly with other Empowered Girls or their mentor through phone calls, Skype, Facebook, texting or face-to-face gatherings.
How might your life have been different if there had been a place for you... A place of women, where you were received and affirmed? A place where other women, perhaps somewhat older, had been affirmed before you, each in her time, affirmed, as she struggled to become truly herself... And if, during the hush, the other women, slightly older, had helped you to trust your own becoming... to trust it and quietly and prayerfully to nurture it... How might your life be different?
Judith Durek, Circle of Stones