Comox Valley Girls Group
Comox Valley Girls Group (CVGG) started in 1999, originally at Comox Valley Family Services, but moved under the umbrella of CVTS in 2006.
Over the years, the groups have evolved to include three different age groups and the development of a Peer Facilitation Training component. CVGG has a unique format combining education and support and drawing on the girls’ lived experience. Media literacy and understanding feminism are focal points. There is no set curriculum; the content evolves from what the participants want and need.
At CVGG, we avoid reinforcing gender stereotypes and we support the girls in discovering and developing their unique selves. Our Peer Facilitation Training model allows older girls/young women to have opportunities to build skills for careers in helping professions, or for personal growth. We also connect with our community as much as possible, providing inter-generational opportunities, and participating in community events.
We do a wide variety of activities: everything from hula hooping to arts-based, yoga, social activism projects, community projects, photography, zine-making, spoken word – whatever activities the girls engage in and we can make happen!
At CVGG, our goal is to provide a holistic and multi-faceted experience for all participants.
A group of talented young people took part in the Comox Valley Art Gallery Youth Media Project to produce this fantastic short film about Girls’ Group.
Commentary from program coordinator, Wendy Morin, and a few program participants offers unique insight and an overview of the positive experience and benefits of being in Girls’ Group – for everyone involved. Many thanks to the creatives who worked on this project!
What people are saying about Comox Valley Girls Group
I enjoyed meeting new people and learning from them! Everyone was friendly and it felt like a safe environment. I know how to deal with negative self-talk and be more positive about myself.
My favourite part of Girls Group is we can talk about anything. I found out about places to get help for problems I might have.
I learned so many valuable skills I can use not only in my career but also in my life. I am more confident to stand up for myself and learned about boundaries.
My anxiety is better since coming to Girls Group! I learned how to meditate which will help with my anxiety. I looked forward to Girls Group every week.