Girls Council

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Girls Council

Supporting the individual and collective healing and empowerment of young women and gender non- conforming folks in Thurston County through navigation and peer support.

Who is Girls Council for?

12–17 year old girls and gender non- conforming folks experiencing anxiety, depression, or substance abuse


What happens in Girls Council?

Youth Driven mentoring and coaching from a Navigator who helps participants set goals and get connected to resources

Fun opportunities to build community with other participants

Participation in Girls Circle, a peer support group focused on building skills around self and community care through: Somatics, Herbalism, Emotional Regulation, and Self Care


Girls Council Goals

  • Individual and collective healing
  • Building a culture of community care
  • Helping participants gain skills, build personal power, and identify and attain goals related to their needs and strengths

Frameworks we draw from

  • Social Justice
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Transformational Relationships
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills

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


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 Anney, 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 Public Defense, Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Community Youth Services, and YWCA Olympia.

Who funds the program? Girls Council is supported by the Thurston County Treatment Sales Tax Program, 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!