Friendly PEERsuasion Program Phase II

The Friendly PEERsuasion program is a unique response to girls’ needs because it approaches drug-abuse prevention as a peer issue, using the positive influence of young people modeling healthy behavior.

Phase I:
Girls ages 11 to 14 go through a series of workshops that train them as facilitators to provide programming on decision-making, assertiveness, and communication skills. They also practice walking away from situations where they feel pressured to use alcohol or drugs.

Phase II:
The newly trained “PEERsuaders” plan substance-abuse prevention activities for groups of children ages 6 through 10. The older girls are role models and leaders.

An independent evaluation showed that Friendly PEERsuasion helped to delay girls’ use of harmful substances, especially by giving them the skills to leave situations where their peers were using drugs.

Elementary Schools sites:
Fremont Elementary School, Salinas
Gabilan Elementary School, Soledad
Oak Avenue Elementary, Greenfield
Castroville Elementary School in Castroville
La Gloria Elementary School, Gonzales
JC Crumpton Elementary, Marina
Marina Vista Elementary in Marina
Ord Terrace Elementary School, Seaside
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Seaside
Mission Park, Salinas
Del Rey Elementary, King City
Ladd Lane Elementary School, Hollister
H. A. Hyde Elementary School, Watsonville

If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact the Girls Inc. of the Central Coast office at (831) 772-0882.

Program begins for 5th grade girls March-May

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Growing Together

Growing Together is a program designed to increase positive communication between mothers or other significant adults and their 9- to 12-year old daughters.

Growing Together:

  • Allows time for mothers and daughters to explore their feelings, values and expectations.
  • Provides participants the opportunity to practice decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Provides participants the opportunity to learn about open communication, which is an important part of a healthy relationship.
  • Provides factual information about the changes girls may experience during puberty.
  • Helps parents to answer questions about sexual behavior and puberty without embarrassment.

Elementary Schools sites:

Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Salinas
Fremont Elementary School, Salinas,
Del Rey Elementary School, King City
Santa Lucia Elementary School, King City
Castro Plaza Resource Center, Castroville
Mary Chapa Elementary School, Greenfield
Mission Park Elementary School, Salinas
Freedom Elementary School, Watsonville
Jack Franscioni Elementary School, Soledad
Ladd Lane Elementary School, Hollister
Martin Luther King Jr. Academy Elementary School, Seaside
Rio Del Mar Elementary School, Aptos
Spring Grove Elementary School, Hollister
Monte Vista Elementary School, Monterey

If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact the Girls Inc. of the Central Coast office at (831) 772-0882.

Strong, Smart, and Bold Summer Camp (Summer Program)

Strong, Smart and Bold Summer Camp is a two-week day camp for girls ages 8 to 11. Girls participate in research-based programs: Girls Take Another Look increase their awareness of the scope and power of the media and the effects of media messages on girls and women, Girls Encourage is designed to sustain girl’s interest in sports through adolescence by introducing them to nontraditional activities and adventures, Operation SMART develops girl’s enthusiasm for and skills in science, through hands-on activities, girls explore, ask questions, persist, and solve problems.

This program is open to girls ages 8-11.

Girls Inc. is going VIRTUAL!

Program Dates: July 6-16, 2020 (Monday through Thursday)

Two Group Times Offered:

Group 1, for girls ages 8-9: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Group 2, for girls ages 10-11: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

​Program fee : $50.00​

If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact the Girls Inc. of the Central Coast office at (831) 772-0882.

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