Girls Council

Girls Council provides a network of supports, empowerment programs, and positive pro-social engagement for young women ages 12-17 who are experiencing moderate substance abuse or mental health challenges.

Participants are paired with a Girls Council Navigator, who checks in regularly and supports the participant in whatever way she needs. The Navigator calls together a Council of informal and formal supports in the participant's life, who come together, with the youth's voice at the center, to help develop a Personalized Opportunities Workplan and Empowerment Resource (POWER) Plan for the participant.  

Qualified young women can receive up to 52 weeks of services, navigation, and an individualized POWER Plan. Power Plans may include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Positive opportunities to build community with other girls

  • Mentoring and Navigation

  • Crisis and safety planning

  • Co-enrollment with services at other community agencies

  • Fun activities based on needs and interests of participants (ie. wellness, academic support, career exploration)

  • All Girls Council Participants will participate in one of YWCA's Empowerment Programs. Girls will be referred to either GOAL or Girls Circle

Why YWCA Olympia? YWCA Olympia is uniquely qualified to deliver gender-responsive services to women and girls. We are part of the largest multi-cultural social justice organization in the nation, and are the original authority on serving and supporting women and girls. 

How to I enroll or refer someone to Girls Council? Many of our referrals come from Thurston County Juvenile Court and Community Youth Service's Juvenile Diversion Program. Referrals will be accepted from other sources as space allows. Contact Monica Gockel, Girls Health and Safety Coordinator at or 360.352.0593 to learn more. 

Who collaborates to provide Girls Council? Girls Council is a project of Thurston County Juvenile Court and Juvenile Detention, Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Thurston County Office of Assigned Council, Community Youth Services, and YWCA Olympia. 

Who funds the program? Girls Council is supported by a Thurston County Treatment Sales Tax grant and individual donors like YOU.

How can I invest in girls? Your tax-deductible donation will provide a safe space to develop healthy and resilient girls that thrive! Click to INVEST IN GIRLS!