*Please use the registration link below for the 5-week Girl Empowerment Workshop at Darien Depot

LiveGirlTalk is a 10-week facilitated discussion group that creates a BRAVE SPACE for girls. The small group meets weekly with a professional mentor to share concerns and interests. The curriculum-based program builds social emotional intelligence and self-esteem, the building blocks of a confident leader.

Our curriculum outline follows:
• (Weeks 1-3) LIVE your true self: Affirmations & loving yourself; Perspective & communication
• (Weeks 4-5) LIVE brave: Building positive relationships & healthy conflict resolution; Embodying resilience & perseverance to overcome obstacles; self-advocacy
• (Weeks 7-9) LIVE kind: Connecting positively with yourself and other; having a positive impact on the world around you
• (Week 10) LIVE your power: Becoming a leader; activating to change the world

The weekly routine includes an icebreaker, topic introduction, 1-2 activities to support the topic, and journaling. Every girl receives a LiveGirl journal in which she captures her reflections corresponds with her mentor.

“LiveGirlTalk gives me a safe space to open up and discuss issues that are causing me stress. I enjoy the creative activities and sharing with other girls like me.”
— Brynne (New Canaan)

Winter/spring SCHEDULE

January 28 - April 12, 2019 | 10 weeks

Open to grades 5-8 | free-of-charge | space is limited


Location*                         Day/Time                      Mentor


Wakeman Boys & Girls Club*                Mon 3:45-5:00                             Lytasha Blackwell

CT Inst. for Refugees & Immigrants*      TBD                               Ashley Gaudiano


Boys & Girls Club*                Friday 4:30- 5:45                         TBD

New Canaan

Saxe MS - 5/6th grade                            Tues 2:55 -4:10                             Katie Campbell

Saxe MS - 7/8th grade                            Wed 2:10 -3:30                             Katie Campbell

New Canaan Library          TBD                            Anna Kottenstette


Carver Center - 5/6th grade*                  Wed 4:15-5:30                               Annette Thompson

Roton MS- grades 6-8                          Wed 3:00-4:15                               Kelly Idarraga


Cloonan MS - 7th grade                       Mon 8:20-9:20                                Maribel Sandalo

Rippowam MS- grades 6-8                   Mon 2:15-3:30                                Alison Waller

Scofield Middle School        Mon 2:45- 4:00           Carly Nussa

Stamford Peace Youth- 8/9th                Mon 7:00-8:00                                 Juana Yanes

Stamford Boys & Girls Club*                Wed 4:15-5:30                                  Juana Yanes


Boys & Girls Club* Wed 4-5:15 pm TBD


Toquet- grades 5-8                                  Thurs 3:45-5:00 (5 Weeks)              Jennifer Devine


Trackside Teen Center- grades 6-8           Wed 4-5:15                                      Farrell Lindemann

*Membership requirements may apply.  Please contact with any questions. 

Please contact us if you are interested in bringing LiveGirlTalk to your school or youth organization at



“We are so grateful for the LiveGirl after-school programs at Saxe. Girls who participate have the opportunity to increase their self-awareness and social awareness. Through discussion and practice they develop their ability to communicate well, make sound decisions, and nurture positive relationships. Parents report an increase in self-esteem in their daughters at the completion of the program. LiveGirl complements our school-wide Social Emotional Learning initiatives beautifully.”
— Sarah Beltran, Saxe Middle School Counselor
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LiveGirlTalk fosters self-confidence and teaches the leadership and conflict resolution skills necessary to navigate middle school. The girls have fun while talking through the different challenges they face in middle school. The LiveGirlTalk Mentors serve as essential positive role models for the girls.
— Jeff Pytlak, Stamford Boys & Girls Club Program Director