clear   Appendix:   City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation At-Risk Youth Division
Phoenix, Arizona

Among the many city-funded programs that operate from community centers in Phoenix, several target preteen and adolescent girls with gender-specific programming designed to help them find positive personal and social fulfillment. Programs for girls include: a women's-issues group, designed to give African-American girls a positive peer group and opportunity to discuss such issues as substance abuse, relationships, rape and date rape, and sexually transmitted diseases; "rites-of-passage" groups, designed to help girls of varied cultural backgrounds make a positive transition from adolescence to adulthood; "Plan It," a program in which players from a professional women's basketball team (Phoenix Mercury) teach basketball skills to high school girls, who then operate a league for elementary school girls; "Girls Break Troupe" and "Activities Group," two dance troupes that also develop life skills and foster positive relationships.

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Guiding Principles for Promising
Female Programming
October 1998