Mission & Philosophy

 

     The Circle Program provides girls from low-income 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 that is delivered through our year-round mentoring and residential summer camp programs.

 

     The Circle Program’s 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.

 

     The goals, 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.

 

     These 6 core principles provide the foundation for the Circle Program’s summer camp and year-round mentoring programs.


 

Positive Youth

Development

6 C's of

PYD:

Confidence

Competence

Connection

Character

 

Caring

Contribution

A Former Circle Girl:

     

     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.

Call Us: (603) 536-4244  / Fax:  (603) 536-2570 / info@circleprogram.org  / 85 Main Street, P.O. Box 815, Plymouth, NH 03264

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