About One Circle Foundation
At One Circle Foundation, we promote resiliency and healthy development in children, adolescents, families, adults, and communities.
We train, consult, and equip service providers across all youth sectors in the United States and Canada, and internationally with state of the art, research based circle program models, best practice approaches, and manualized curricula for programs serving girls and women, and male responsive programs for boys and young men. Girls Circle®, The Council for Boys and Young Men®, Women's Circle® integrate evidenced-based practices of motivational interviewing and strengths-based approaches with cross-cultural traditions and caring relationships.
As social entrepreneurs, we’ve utilized a sustainable business model, recently establishing our independent 501c3 nonprofit identity. Our services and curricula have supported our mission since 1997. To endure tough economic times and to expand the reach of these circle models for more and more youth, we are embarking on new fundraising efforts that will strengthen the impact of this approach for generations to come.
As mothers with a passionate vision to foster healthy relationships and choices within their daughters and other girls in the mid-1990’s, founders Beth Hossfeld and Giovanna Taormina began facilitating Girls Circle groups. We were additionally motivated to develop programs due to the severe national epidemics of depression, eating disorders, body image problems, dating violence, teen alcohol and drug abuse, self-harming behaviors, relational aggression, bullying, gang affiliations and rates of abuse upon girls.
Inspired by the very positive responses to the circles and the encouragement, leadership and assistance the girls shared with one another in the circles, we developed the first Girls Circle Facilitator Training in 1997 and proceeded to become a nonprofit Project of the Tides Center in 1998.
Our gender-responsive model, training, and curricula were well received nationally in the areas of: schools, mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, and community based programs. National research of the model indicated that the program is responsive to girls across all ethnicities and demographics, and significantly increased positive body image, social support, and self-efficacy. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention recognized Girls Circle as promising approach, including it in the OJJDP’s Model Programs Guide.
While growing in depth and delivery of trainings for gender-responsive groups for girls, we also recognized the need for healthy, male-responsive development models for boys and young men. In fact, many of the facilitators of Girls Circle groups creatively adapted the model for teen boys as well.
We ourselves understood that to have lasting impact on girls, we must try to make a difference for all youth by also creating healthy conditions and environments that provide young men a solid pathway into manhood. In an effort to challenge myths about manhood – especially unhealthy myths like the “boy code” that lead to accidental injury, violence, drop out, interpersonal violence, depression, substance abuse, illegal lifestyles, prison, or compromised futures – we wanted to encourage full access to the range of healthy human capacities for boys and young men.
In 2006 we partnered with experienced male and female facilitators to develop the Boys Council model, now named The Council for Boys and Young Men. The structured group model recognizes and builds upon inherent strengths and interests of boys and young men, challenges unhealthy masculinities, and connects youth in solidarity and community.
As more communities experience and incorporate Girls Circle and The Council into their programs and services, they generate an ever-increasing interest from community members. Like us, communities are finding that the relationships developed in the circles have a ripple effect of positive impacts and convey what we believe is an inherent and life-affirming truth: We are all Connected.
Giovanna Taormina, Executive Director
Giovanna Taormina is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of One Circle Foundation. She provides national training, curricula, consultation, and technical assistance related to gender responsive services to non-profit agencies, government, state supported programs, institutions, and systems that work with adolescents and has served as a national consultant to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. With co-founder, Beth Hossfeld, LMFT, Giovanna co-developed the Girls Circle, The Council for Boys and Young Men, and Women’s Circle models - comprehensive, gender-specific models for youth and women to address the risk factors and needs in a format that is conducive to building on strengths and fostering resiliency. With extensive experience in the design, development, and implementation of program services, she is recognized for her work in both the public and private sectors. Giovanna has co-developed several curricula for enhancing protective factors in the lives of youth and women focusing on themes related to bullying, competition, friendships, alcohol, tobacco and drug decision-making, sexuality, goal setting, body image, women’s health and wellness, aggression, dating violence, mother/daughter relationships, HIV prevention, and more. The curricula is utilized internationally and applied to programs in schools, mental health, juvenile probation, pregnancy prevention, substance abuse prevention, health education, economic literacy, gang-prevention, outdoor adventure, boys and girls clubs, and peer leadership. In 2004, Giovanna was selected to be a member of the OJJDP Girls Study Group to represent practitioners in the field of girls’ programs by a group of federally appointed academic and research experts committed to providing scientifically sound programs for girls. Since 1997, One Circle Foundation has provided nationwide trainings, in-service trainings, and peer-leadership trainings with participants from all over the United States and Canada. Giovanna resides in northern California.
E-mail: Giovanna.Taormina@OneCircleFoundation.org | Phone: (415) 419-5119
Beth Hossfeld, LMFT, Associate Director
Beth Hossfeld, LMFT is Co-Founder and Associate Director of One Circle Foundation (formerly Girls Circle Association). She is a national leader on gender-responsive group programs for youth, a trainer and co-developer of Girls Circle Facilitator Training and The Council for Boys and Young Men Facilitator Training and co-author of the training manuals. She has authored and edited many of the Girls Circle and Council Facilitator Activity guides including the Mother-Daughter Circle: Heart of the Matter, and many articles, and is a contributing author to the Handbook on Prevention and Intervention Programs for Adolescent Girls, Ed. LeCroy, C., published by J. Wiley and Sons, 2007 and author, Rites of Passages for Girls, published in the peer-reviewed online journal Springer Publications. She serves as Research Coordinator for both Girls Circle and The Council collaborative studies with partnering organizations. Beth is a Certified Solution Team® Trainer, an effective anti-bullying approach for schools and youth settings. Beth served as Clinical and Training Director of an eighteen site school-based mental health and substance abuse prevention and early intervention program, as well as an outpatient adolescent treatment program at Bay Area Community Resources where she provided clinical supervision and training to mental health interns and substance abuse counselors. She is a licensed marriage, family and child therapist and maintains a part time practice in Mill Valley, CA, with an emphasis on girls, teens, and their families. She has facilitated Girls Circle groups for girls in community based programs, and continuation high schools.
E-mail: Beth.Hossfeld@OneCircleFoundation.org | Phone: (415) 419-5119