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.