Just for Girls

Just for Girls is a program for grade 7 girls held in local schools. It was designed to help girls safely navigate the rocky road through adolescence while maintaining their dignity and self-esteem.

The program was originally developed to prevent eating disorders and to discuss body-image issues but it has become much more than that.

Just for Girls provides an opportunity for girls to talk about issues that may influence their self confidence and helps them develop skills
to combat negative experiences resulting from
peer pressure and conflicts with friends.

Format of the Program

Grade 7 girls are given a short presentation about the program and then given an opportunity to join. A maximum of fifteen girls can participate in the group.

The groups are offered during lunch hour over ten weeks, in either a fall or winter season.

Parental/guardian permission is required. The girls are reassured of confidentiality unless abuse or harm to self or others is disclosed or suspected.

Each group generates their own set of issues to discuss. Common issues include:

  • friends
  • rejection by peers
  • body image
  • health
  • communication
  • feelings
  • boys
  • peer pressure
  • families
  • media

How it Works

Interactive and affirming games are played to encourage a positive feeling of self worth.

Role plays and experiential exercises are used to identify ways to cope with experiences. Feelings and experiences are validated. Group discussion, journalling and art projects are used to help girls work through their issues and develop a positive sense of themselves and their abilities.

Group Leaders

Just for Girls is facilitated by trained University practicum students and AYC staff.  They work under the supervision of the Just for Girls Coordinator and the Supervisor of Recreation of the Abbotsford Youth Commission.

How to Join
Just for Girls is being held this Fall at the following schools: ASIA Sumas Middle, Abby Middle, Fraser Middle, Chief Dan George, and Abby Traditional. Download the

For more information give us a call at: 604.854.8785

We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia and the City of Abbotsford.