Circles for Teenage Girls
Imagine if your teen or special young woman in your life had a safe space where she
could share herself with others without fear of judgment or criticism....
A circle of peers and mentors where she felt truly seen,
heard and accepted for who she really is and how she really feels...
A Teen Talking Circle is a group where value is placed on
truth, connection and compassion.
Some topics we cover are:
Bullies and Bystanders
Circles are held in schools, church groups, community centers,
detention centers or book yours today at your space!
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"The Young Women's Empowerment Group at Kennedy High school has had many circle groups speaking about controversial complex topics, but none of them have created the type of atmosphere that Monica organized. She led one specific activity that sent chills down the spines of all of its participants. As a group, we were instructed to all stand around each other while Monica read a few statements involving self confidence, self love, self destruction, and self awareness. If we agreed with said statements we were to walk to a designated area and if we didn’t agree we were directed to stay in place. This activity required only the movements of our feet, no words were spoken except those from Monica as she read the statements. One by one we walked back and forth deciding where we thought we fit best. Although no words were spoken by the participants, I learned more about the women around me on this day than I have at any other meeting I have attended. I quietly learned about my peer’s insecurities and anxieties. The back and forth created a raw and empathetic atmosphere. Everyone stood there facing each other with their hearts on their sleeves. We all sulked in each other's vulnerability and emotions. We all left that room with a better understanding of ourselves and of those around us. Sympathy and empathy are important qualities to have as a human being, and Monica's exercise reminded us all of that." ~Khadija F.
Suicide Awareness and Prevention
I have extensive training in suicide awareness and prevention; providing support to people who have
lost a loved one to suicide. I have made it my life’s work to educate, support and be there for
those who are struggling and guide them to get the help they need. I offer one-on-one support
as well as speaking engagements at school assemblies, and can tailor a program to your needs.
“People have become increasingly comfortable talking about their mental health, particularly during the past two years due to the pandemic. But the topic of suicide – when it comes up –
is still scary for many people to think about. It’s time to deepen the conversation.
“Some are afraid that by asking someone if they’re having thoughts of suicide, it will put the idea in their head, or push them to take their lives. (Which research shows is not true.) Some are worried that they won’t know what to do,
or how to help, if the person tells them, 'Yes – I am thinking about suicide.'
“It’s only by learning more about what leads someone to suicide, the ways we can help to prevent it, and what resources are available – and not being afraid to ask when we’re worried about someone, or for help when we need it ourselves – that we can empower our communities to address this leading cause of death. We all have mental health. It’s time we take the next step, ask more deeply about what someone is experiencing, and if we need it, find help together.” ~ AFSP
Contact me for more information.