After working with a lot of adolescent girls as well as doing some research on this population during graduate
school, I decided that a way to reach a lot of girls in a helpful way would be through running groups designed
to connect girls to each other. I searched for a curriculum that I thought would work, but couldn’t find one —
so I decided to write my own.
The North Star Girls Group
is a group curriculum designed to provide both education and support for girls who
are entering and moving through adolescence. These groups can be run at schools, community centers, mental
health agencies, or other locations by trained facilitators. The curriculum is designed to give girls a
sense of competency and empowerment through education, support, and connecting with others. The curriculum
addresses issues that all adolescent girls face, including relationships, teasing, identity questions, body
image, thoughts about the future, popularity, etc. The idea behind the North Star Program is to give girls
a structured and supportive place to talk and share with each other.
Heidi Arizala Showman, MSW, LICSW ~ firstname.lastname@example.org