BUILDING A CULTURE OF SUPPORT
These inclusive groups provide youth the space to take a break from their day, express their feelings, and learn resiliency skills. The research-based curriculum, lead by a trained facilitator, allows them to explore Friendships, Healthy Self Image, Positive Communication Skills, and more. JJAB offers One Circle groups to 5th – 12th graders who live in or attend school in Los Alamos County. Youth of all gender expressions are welcome to attend and are encouraged to select the group that best represents their development.
One Circle: Girls
In the girls group the aim is not to provide advice but encourage girls to share experiences that are helpful to one another. When girls voice their ideas and opinions in a safe environment, it strengthens their confidence and self-esteem and encourages them to express themselves more fully and critically think through their behavior and choices.
By examining cultural expectations in a safe and supportive setting, girls gain greater awareness of their options and strengthen their ability to make choices that are consistent with their values, interests, and talents. Girls are free to share at their own pace.
One Circle: BOYS
The boys groups meet a core developmental need in boys for strong, positive relationships. In this structured environment, boys and young men gain the vital opportunity to address masculine definitions and behaviors and build their capacities to find their innate value and create good lives – individually and collectively.
When boys have an opportunity to express ideas, identify and normalize a full range of emotions, and make decisions in a safe, nonjudgmental community, their resiliency is strengthened.
What the kids say:
Upcoming Groups 2022
–Aspen Elementary Boys Council: Date to be determined
–Aspen Elementary Girls Circle: Date to be determined
–Chamisa Elementary Boys Council: Tuesdays during lunch, starting February 1
–Chamisa Elementary Girls Circle: Thursdays during lunch, starting February 3
–LAMS Boys Council: Tuesdays during lunch, starting February 1
–LAMS Girls Circle: Tuesdays during lunch, starting February 1
–Middle School LGTB+ Group: Wednesdays during lunch at LAMS, starting February 2
–High School Boys Council: Thursdays at 4:00 pm, held at Los Alamos Mesa Public Library starting February 3
–High School Girls Circle: Thursdays at 4:00 pm, held at Los Alamos Mesa Public Library starting February 3
We are working on scheduling Girls Circle groups at Barranca Elementary and Pinon Elementary. Check back for more details.