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.
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 great 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.
During the year, JJAB also offers various co-ed One Circle groups and community partner groups with The Gifted Horse and LAB Jiu Jitsu Academy.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 - 5:00 pm
A Personal Empowerment Program for Adolescent Latinas. This group addresses the challenges with assimilating to a dual-cultural life and reinforces a sense of pride and connection with Latina culture. All sessions are facilitated in a relational, strengths-based, trauma-informed, and culturally competent manner.
"I have learned that I can talk and ask questions when ever I want . I feel more confident about myself." Middle School Participant
"Relationships need work on both ends." High School Participant
"I really enjoyed the boys group. I met new friends and I liked the snacks." Elementary Participant
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