Connections is an ongoing therapeutic group focused on positivity and building healthy relationships. With the pressures and expectations that young women must face daily, it’s easy to let anger and frustration shut out those who are most important to us. Many young girls simply need someone to talk to and reach out to them. That’s what Connections is about. This year-long ongoing program focuses on anger management and impulse control and allows young women to share what they’re dealing with in a safe space.

Topics covered

  • healthy relationships
  • dating violence prevention
  • body image & self-esteem
  • reproductive health (birth control)
  • dealing with anger/calming strategies
  • neighborhood violence
  • sexual abuse prevention
  • gambling and addiction
  • toxic relationships
  • goal-setting achievement
  • teen pregnancy
  • healthy bodies & eating disorders
  • drug/alcohol prevention
  • stress management
  • creating coping skills


  • girls store
  • past field trip to the ice skating rink
  • decorating mason jars & writing compliments (building friendships & self-esteem)
  • making healthy recipes
  • pizza parties
  • DIY stress balls
  • guest speakers
  • service projects

Age group

Girls ages 12 – 18 (7th grade and up)

Time & day

Tuesdays – 3 – 4:15 p.m.

Interested? Contact Ayo via email or at 515.244.4901.


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