The "Girl Power" Prevention Program

Girl Power is a Wilkins Center prevention program designed for young girls and facilitating the major transitions from elementary to middle school, and from middle school to high school.

These are critical points in your child’s life that involve changes in long-standing relationships, and are often filled with both anxiety and anticipation. During this time, your daughter has a great need for both emotional support and autonomy. With the right guidance and tools, she can make her way through this period with self-assurance.

Girl Power offers your daughter critical skills and insights to deal with:

Friendship issues
Peer pressure
School difficulties
Negative thoughts
Lack of confidence
Body image concerns
Anger issues
Family conflicts

Girl Power helps teach your daughter a wide range of valuable skills, including:

Communicating clearly
Constructive problem solving
Building self-confidence
Strengthening resilience
Negotiating peer interactions
Navigating family interactions
Healthy expression of emotions
Understanding personal strengths
Identifying areas for self- improvement

How Girl Power Works

Step 1 – Getting Started
You and your daughter will meet with program director Pearl Berger for an initial consultation and assessment. Based on information gathered during this time, Ms. Berger will design a program to address your daughter’s specific challenges and meet her individual needs and goals.

Step 2 – Skill Building
Next, your daughter will meet one-on-one with Ms. Berger, who delivers the program in a relaxed setting that helps build trust and communication. Your daughter will discuss issues and learn new skills in a step-by-step fashion. Girl Power utilizes role-playing, individual challenges, open dialogue and skill building techniques.

Step 3 – Parent Involvement
After 8 weekly sessions, parents are invited to meet with the program director to discuss their daughter’s progress, and develop strategies for continued development of healthy self-esteem.

If you have a daughter age 10-14, you know how difficult this phase of her young life can be. She faces a range of challenges – from friendship troubles, school stress and self-esteem issues, to family conflicts and moodiness.

- Have you tried talking to your daughter, only to have her shut you out?

- Have you tried traditional therapy for your daughter without success?