6 C’s of Positive

Youth Development







Our Philosophy

The Circle Program meant everything to me; the world and then some. My pillar My foundation. The things I did, the things I learned, and the people that I met. It's an experience I will never forget.
—A Former Circle Girl

Circle Program provides girls from socially and economically disadvantaged New Hampshire families with new opportunities to learn the skills, courage, and confidence they need to handle the challenges in their lives. We do this through a unique combination of adult and peer support delivered through our school year, mentoring, and residential summer camp programs.


Our philosophy is closely aligned with Positive Youth Development, which emphasizes building assets and skills. Positive Youth Development, a research-based approach (Lerner et al., 2005), focuses on promoting healthy developmental potential and outcomes. Our overall goals/core principles, which flow from our Program Logic Model, and are referred to as the 6 C’s, seek to:

  • Enhance social, emotional, cognitive and vocational competence

  • Improve self-esteem, self-confidence and self-efficacy

  • Build and strengthen connections with other people and institutions

  • Enhance character development through increased self-control, decreased involvement in risky behaviors and respect for society’s rules

  • Increase capacity for caring through empathy and identification with others

  • Give girls opportunities to belong and “give back” through community service; their contribution.

(603) 536-4244  |   info@circleprogram.org  |  85 Main Street, P.O. Box 815, Plymouth, NH 03264

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