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Community Missions launches 'Girls Circle' at Kenan Center


Wed, Aug 17th 2022 10:10 am

Community Missions has launched its “Girls Circle” at the Kenan Center, marking the girls empowerment program’s first foray into eastern Niagara County. Sessions are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the month of August.

Community Missions began offering “Girls Circle” in 2016, thanks to funding from the Niagara Area Foundation, a division of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The program is designed to foster self-esteem, help girls maintain authentic connection with peers and adult women in their community, counter trends of self-doubt, and allow for genuine self-expression through verbal sharing and creative activity.

Over the past five years, the program has served a wide variety of ages in the Niagara Falls City Schools and has been funded through a 21st Century Grant. A second grant from the Niagara Area Foundation has provided funding for this summer’s expansion to Lockport, and other program necessities.

“We are so pleased to partner with the Kenan Center to offer ‘Girls Circle’ to the Lockport area,” said Elizabeth Freiburger, “Girls Circle” lead facilitator. “We have had great success in the Niagara Falls schools with the program, and there has been interest in expanding for some time. We want to thank the Niagara Area Foundation for their continued support of the young women throughout the county that will benefit.”

Sessions are varied and include discussions about relationships, social media, body image and healthy living, along with arts and crafts and other fun activities. For more information about the program, visit www.communitymissions.org/girls-circle or call 716-990-8101

Since its founding in 1925, Community Missions has provided a unique blend of referral, crisis, community support and residential services for youth and adults. Last year, Community Missions provided over 110,000 meals and 13,000 nights of care to neglected or abused children and homeless adults. Additional agency programs serve adults and youth with psychiatric disabilities, parolees, at-risk youth and other underserved populations in both residential and recovery-oriented settings. For more information, visit www.communitymissions.org.

The Niagara Area Foundation was established in 2000 and is a division of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The Niagara Area Foundation is committed to strengthening the Niagara Region by addressing critical needs to improve lives.

For more than a century, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has enhanced and encouraged long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. A 501 (c)(3) organization, the Community Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. Established in 1919, the Community Foundation has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations who entrust charitable assets to the Community Foundation’s care. Learn more at cfgb.org.

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