Our Mission

What is the mission of Journey of Young Women?

Our Mission

We train women online to mentor girls & lead Girls' Circles


Photo by Russell Frederick

... so that girls thrive on their journey to womanhood.

Journey of Young Women offers adult women who want to mentor girls a comprehensive, online training. These women learn how to lead Girls’ Circles as mentors and offer girls an adolescent rite of passage.

The core of JOYW’s Mentoring Girls Training is to show mentors how to help girls thrive by teaching the girls to take charge of their physical, social, and spiritual well-being.

A key element of leading a JOYW Girls’ Circles is parent participation and education. Girls whose parents are learning alongside them are more powerfully impacted than girls whose parents stand on the sidelines. In the JOYW Mentoring Girls Training, students learn how to lead Parent Groups, Moms’ Circles and Dad’s Gatherings.

Our Vision

A Girls' Circle in every neighborhood.

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JOYW Girls' Circle by JOYW artist Karen MackKenzie

Girls everywhere taking charge of their physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being.

Girls thriving.​

Our vision is that in every neighborhood globally, there is a Girl’s Circle. Where girls circle with trained mentors to learn the skills and knowledge needed for their journey toward womanhood. Where girls learn to care for – and ultimately, take responsibility for – their physical, social, emotional and spiritual well-being. Where girls discover their confidence, perceptiveness, assertiveness, strength, integrity and the natural wisdom of their bodies.

A mentored Girls’ Circle is powerful and empowering for the girls, their families and the mentors. And it’s essential that we re-member the art of mentoring girls. No matter how awesome her mother and father are, girls need the guidance and listening ear of caring, wise women outside her immediate family.