Girls Only! Toolkit

Girls Only! Toolkit

The Girls Only prevention education toolkit is the product of a collaboration between the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and the City of San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention (CGPI). Focused on girls ages 8-12, “Girls Only” fills a need in San Diego by empowering girls before they enter their teenage years. The program outlined in this toolkit provides a forum for young girls to learn to love and honor themselves, giving them the opportunity to find alternatives to the kinds of abusive relationships with men and with themselves that often lead to involvement with gangs, substance abuse and, eventually, the criminal justice system.

Girls of color, especially girls living in poverty, are especially “at risk” for the negative consequences of these involvements. The Girls Only program is therefore gender specific and age-appropriate as well as intentionally culturally specific and place-based. “Girls Only” aims to prevent girls from turning to negative and potentially dangerous coping mechanisms by giving them the tools to build self-esteem and the ability to make healthy choices at a critical age.

Girls Only! Toolkit
    Welcome
    Getting-to-know-you
    Self-esteem
    Emotions/Feelings
    Communication
    Violence
    Gender
    Healthy Bodies
    Creative Arts
    Community
    Field Trip
    Culture
    Careers
    Diversity
    Media
    Family Day
    Graduation

The Girls Only toolkit is intended as a contribution to San Diego community efforts to empower and educate young girls through prevention education. Girls Only curriculum employs evidence-based approaches to prevention that include consistent mentorship, positive role models, supportive peer groups, interactive teaching methods, place-based approaches and experiential education in order to meet these goals.

If you are a community member working with the Girls Only toolkit, please contact us with any questions, comments, concerns or suggestions for ways we can work together to make “Girls Only” a better tool.

Resources

News Release: DA Announces "Girls Only!" Toolkit

OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin : December 2011

Media

DA Bonnie Dumanis announces Girls Only! Toolkit during a segment on the KUSI morning show, 10/13/2011.

DA Bonnie Dumanis announces Girls Only! Toolkit during the KSWB news at 6pm, 10/13/2011.

DA Bonnie Dumanis announces Girls Only! Toolkit during the KSWB news at 10pm, 10/13/2011.