As of January 1, 2019 Girls Council has changed to Youth Council to be more inclusive of the identities of the youth participating in this program.
Supporting the individual and collective healing and empowerment of young women, transgender and gender non- conforming youth in Thurston County through navigation and peer support.
Who is Youth Council for?
12–17 year old girls, transgender, and gender non- conforming youth experiencing anxiety, depression, or substance abuse
What happens in Youth 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, an evidence based peer support group focused on building skills around self and community care. Topics are responsive to participant needs and could include communication, boundaries, self-confidence, body image, and coping with stress and anxiety.
Youth 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
How to I enroll or refer someone to Youth Council? Many of our referrals come from School Counselors and Community Youth Service’s Juvenile Diversion Program. Referrals will be accepted from other sources as space allows.
If you are an interested parent/guardian or youth, click here to refer yourself or your child and we will contact you for an intake interview.
Contact Monica Anney, Girls Health and Safety Coordinator at Manney@ywcaofolympia.org or 360.352.0593 to learn more.
Who collaborates to provide Youth Council? Youth 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? Youth Council is supported by the Thurston County Treatment Sales Tax Program, Cascade Pacific Action Alliance’s Medicaid Transformation Project, and individual donors like YOU.