Programming

The Policy Center takes a different approach to direct service by operationalizing girl-centered principles that include partnering with girls to co-create programs that are rooted in their lived experiences and designed to meet their individual needs.

Therapeutic interventions are provided within a continuity of care with girls, young women, and those that identify as female. Services are targeted toward those who are at risk of juvenile justice involvement, on probation, in detention, in residential placement or are transitioning back to the community. Girls are not required to have system involvement in order to receive services, and anyone can make a referral. Services continue to follow the girl as she transitions to various phases in the juvenile justice system. The Continuity of Care Model includes five programs.

Girls’ Leadership Council

The Girls Leadership Council is a girl-led, girl-focused group that elevates the voices of girls and young women, especially those who have been or are currently involved with the juvenile justice and/or foster care systems. Girls are empowered to develop the program guidelines, the mission, and the vision for the council within an organization that celebrates diversity and champions women.

The Council provides girls with opportunities to talk about their experiences in a safe environment, to build relationships and develop leadership skills through skill building seminars and trainings, to develop community service projects of their choosing, and to develop a strong mentoring relationships with women leaders from the community.  Participants identify topics of interest and are given opportunities to hear from and meet with women experts in those identified fields.

Collaborating with women leaders of today, girls will become leaders of tomorrow. Through presentations, women leaders share the challenges they have successfully overcome through their life’s journey, and the girls on the council will learn how to be effective leaders and advocates for themselves and for others. Learn more about the Girls’ Leadership Council from the girls! Watch their video to the right.

For more information on joining the Girls’ Leadership Council or how to become a presenter/mentor, please contact Biannela Susana, bsusana@seethegirl.org or 904-423-1565.  

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Expected outcomes for Girls’ Leadership Council members:

  • Confidence
  • Discovery of personal leadership style
  • Strong ties with their community
  • Positive relationships with girls and women 
  • Enrichment through music, yoga retreats, art, etc.
 

If you are a member, please be sure you’ve completed a release form.

Girl Matters®: It’s Elementary

Girl Matters®: It’s Elementary is a project model that intervenes early in girls’ lives to improve school success and stop their suspension and expulsion from school. Research indicates that school failure is a major factor in girls entering the juvenile justice system. Designed to provide teachers an alternative to suspension and help girls to develop social and emotional skills needed to keep them feeling connected to school. The program intervenes early in girls’ lives to improve school success and stop their suspension and expulsion from school. Girls receive individualized interventions that address underlying issues contributing to their acting out behaviors (trauma, family stressors) and are provided with one to one sessions focused on their personal safety, relationships, communication, emotions and identity.

For information on the model and impact visit: Research: Program Evaluation.

For more information about the program, contact Rachel Weinstein, Clinical Director, rweinstein@seethegirl.org

Girl Matters®: In the Middle

Designed to re-engage girls who are suspended and sent to Mattie V. Rutherford Alternative Education Center. The program is offered to all girls enrolled at the school, and they receive individual psycho-social assessments and participate in weekly one to one sessions using our signature SAVVY Sister curriculum. Each topic addresses safety with self, with others in the program and in the community. Important skills including communication, building relationships, activism, and team building are taught.

For more information about the program, contact Rachel Weinstein, Clinical Director, rweinstein@seethegirl.org

Girl Matters®: In the Community

Designed to meet girls wherever they are on the juvenile justice continuum: at high risk, in diversion, in juvenile detention, in women’s pre-trial detention, in lock-up, and in transitioning back to the community.  The services follow girls and young women to meet their individualized needs. Girl-Centered counseling and family counseling is provided, as well as comprehensive care management.  These intensive services involve setting the therapeutic goals with the girls and young women. There is no limit on the number of sessions she has access to and includes 24-hour support. Care management includes crisis intervention, individual level advocacy to gain access to appropriate resources, monitoring quality of services, mentoring, transitional and re-entry services, housing, employment support, school connectedness, and re-engagement. Care managers also help girls and families navigate legal processes which can include arranging pro-bono legal services when warranted.

Girl Matters®: In the Community (GMIC) was created by the Policy Center and piloted from 2013-15 in response to: the few treatment options available, fragmented community response, and lack of continuity of care for girls transitioning from one part of the juvenile justice system to another. 

For more information, contact Rachel Weinstein, Clinical Director, rweinstein@seethegirl.org

Open Doors Outreach Network

Open Doors Outreach Network is a program run in partnership with Voices for Florida. We are the regional provider for Northeast Florida. The Open Doors Outreach Network – A Public-Private Partnership Serving Commercially Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Victims. Referrals to the program are for individuals ages of 10 to 24, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or disability. The team provides total care management and consists of a team of clinicians, regional advocates, and survivor mentors. Read our Northeast Florida Fact Sheet, or if you have questions about the program contact Vicky Basra, vbasra@seethegirl.org

The 24 hour access line is 904-412-8923

Funding Notes: The following programs are partly funded by the Department of Juvenile Justice: GMIE, GMIM, GMIC.

GMIC The Girl Matters®: Continuity of Care demonstration project was funded by The Women’s Giving Alliance, The Jacksonville System of Care, Baptist Health Foundation, Florida Blue Foundation, and Lutheran Services of Florida (LSF Health Systems). The project continues with funding from Lutheran Services of Florida (LSF Health Systems), United Way, and the Department of Juvenile Justice.