Millennials vs. Generation Z......"Gender Matters"

Risk factors relating to family dysfunction, domestic violence, abuse, mental health, substance abuse, poverty, academic problems, and academic challenges are typically the same for minors of human trafficking. However, long-term effective treatment options for these minors requires a closer look at gender responsive programming to meet their generational specific needs.

This workshop will engage participants through an experiential presentation on the benefits of utilizing two nationally recognized gender-responsive program models implemented across diverse trauma, cultures, ethnicities, genders, and adverse childhood experiences (ACES)- Girls Circle and The Council for Boys and Young Men.

Girls Circle is a female responsive support group for girls, 9-18 years, regardless of risk factors. The purpose of the Girls Circle is the development of strength, courage, confidence, honesty, and communication skills for all girls. Girls Circle is the first evidenced-based program in the country proven to reduce delinquency. Outcomes show significant increase in educational goals and aspirations, self-efficacy, school engagement, body image, positive peer and adult interaction, and decreases alcohol use and self-harming behaviors. Girls Circle is currently listed on SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence -Based Programs and Practices.

The Council for Boys and Young Men targets harmful masculinity beliefs strongly associated with boys' risk behaviors. The model and approach aims to prevent and reduce violence, restore relationships impacted by violence, aggression, and bullying and increases boys' attachment to school. In 2016, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded a 4-year study to evaluate The Council for Boys and Young Men in conjunction with New York Department of Health and Cornell University at at preventing sexual violence.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

  • Welcome and Introduction of One Circle Foundation
  • Review research on Girls Circle and The Council for Boys and Young Men
  • Presentation on the Multi-Systemic use for collaboration in treatment
  • Overview of the Theoretical Framework demonstrating the evidenced-based and researched-based modalities of each model.
  • Experience the models' six step format to promote safety, respect, and empathetic listening for re-building positive self-image and healthy relationships.

Learning Outcome

  1. Participants will demonstrate strength-based and gender responsive approaches to manage challenges to communication, support, and engagement in the treatment process for Millennials and Generation Z.
  2. Participants will distinguish between relational vs. non-relational strategies that promote connections, healing, growth and resiliency especially for girls and boys with complex trauma due to childhood abuse and sexual exploitation.
  3. Participants will identify best practices for working with girls, boys, and LGBTQI youth using restorative practices that prevent and reduce conflict and builds healthy relationships and trust.

Target Audience


Prerequisites for Attendees

No Prerequistes

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