Models & Best Practices

One Circle Foundation offers three models — Girls Circle, The Council for Boys and Young Men, and Women's Circle. Our programs employ evidence-based principles of a strengths-based approach, motivational interviewing strategies and have a strong focus on positive youth development. The age old process of communing in a safe circle is the foundational strength of all programs.

A structured support group for girls from 9-18 years which integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training. Designed to increase positive connection, strengths, and competence in girls. Also offered under the model is Mother-Daughter Circle, for mothers or female caregivers and their daughters.


A strengths-based group approach to promote boys’ and young men’s safe and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years. 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!


A support group for women to share, explore, build skills, and encourage one another to live authentically in mind, body, heart and spirit. A program for women in colleges, careers, recovery programs, institutions, job training, military or volunteer service, faith-based settings, homemakers and caregivers.

Now Available! – Grant Writer’s Template for those preparing proposals to implement Girls Circle and The Council for Boys and Young Men. View and download in PDF.

Youth Programs

Our program models are implemented wherever youth are — in educational settings, juvenile justice, community based organizations, mental health agencies, camps and outdoor adventure programs, after school programs, and child welfare programs. The Girls Circle and Council for Boys and Young Men programs are successfully implemented in agencies who work in the areas of: safe school programs, teen pregnancy prevention, gang prevention, positive youth development, rehabilitation, scouting, violence prevention, social advocacy, after school programs, physical fitness programs, drug and alcohol prevention and intervention, foster care, residential treatment centers, crisis centers, homeless shelters, yoga studios, boys and girls clubs, detention centers, reporting centers, probation and diversion programs.

The pre-teen and teen activities for girls or for boys 9-18 years of age are engaging, promote critical thinking, and most importantly create a community of BELONGING - a need which is a vital element to youth programs to help youth navigate through the challenging years of adolescence. For this reason, girls want to be in circle, boys want to be in council. Most boys and girls involved in our programs want the program to run longer, look forward to coming, build positive social skills, and decrease their sense of isolation. Facilitators across the country are amazed at the response from boys and girls and feel privileged to run a program that engages youth in building pro-social skills, participating in meaningful discussions and activities – having fun, and mostly, for making healthy connections and building positive relationships with peers and adults.

Adult Programming

Women's Circle is a program for women in colleges, careers, recovery programs, institutions, job training, military or volunteer service, faith-based settings, and for homemakers and caregivers. Operating as a project with The Ohio State University, Women's Circle is culturally responsive, strengthens confidence, and gives women the chance to address and build skills in relationships, self-care, goal setting, money, conflicts, and more.


© 2012 One Circle Foundation | P: (415) 419-5119 | F: (415) 448-5459 | A: 734 A Street, Suite 4, San Rafael, CA 94901