Girls Only Active Learning

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What is GOAL?

GOAL (Girls Only Active Learning) is a gender-responsive adaptation of Aggression Replacement Training.  It is delivered in groups of 4 to 8 girls over 10 weeks, meeting twice a week for 1.5 hours. GOAL has shown to have promising outcomes in reducing recidivism among juvenile justice involved young women.  YWCA Olympia, in partnership with Thurston County Juvenile Detention, is one of the few pilot sites in Washington working with University of Washington to implement and evaluate this cutting-edge approach to gender-responsive intervention.

GOAL is designed to:

  • Enhance personal power through learning how to more effectively manage difficult situations.
  • Encourage youth to consider the impact of actions on consequences for themselves and others.
  • Teach relationship skills for navigating conflict and boundaries with family, peers, and romantic partners.
  • Develop girls’ emotion regulation skills.
  • Support parents with weekly messages and parenting tips.
  • Ensure that gains are maintained with post-GOAL contact.

What do GOAL Graduates say about GOAL & why girls should enroll? Read more… 

What is the study about?

This study tests a girl-specific adaptation of Aggression Replacement Training called Girls Only Active Learning (GOAL).  We are interested in seeing whether girls who go through GOAL have reduced substance use and delinquency.  We are also interested in whether GOAL is feasible for court facilitators to conduct.

This grant-funded research project is being conducted by Dr. Sarah Walker and Dr. Mylien Duong, research professors at UW Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy, within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Want to learn more?  

Contact Monica Anney (Girls Health & Safety Coordinator) at

Juvenile Court Program of University of Washington-YWCA Olympia-Thurston County Juvenile Detention