Girlology programs are led by healthcare providers who are comfortable talking about sexuality and have clinical experience caring for young adolescents. There are lots of interested providers out there, but it also takes a collaborative effort with a hospital or community organization that can host programs a few times per year. When we have a potential Girlologist and a sponsoring organization that can provide an auditorium with AV capabilities and snacks for participants, we provide training, marketing materials, and a lot of social media support to get the program off the ground and growing in your area. If you are someone who can help make this happen – we’d love to hear from you!
All Girlology programs are offered through The Girlology Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We offer scholarships and work with other non-profits and corporate sponsors to secure grant funding for free programs targeting underserved youth. Our scholarships are granted through the sponsoring organizations because they can best identify families in need in their community. If you are in need of financial assistance to attend a Girlology program, please contact the sponsoring organization for information on scholarship availability.
If you would like to sponsor another family so that they may attend a Girlology program, please donate!
Yes!!! Even if you’re a dad married to a mom, one of two dads, a granddad, or a trans-dad you are welcome at our Girlology programs. We love having Dads in the room because it helps girls recognize that men understand this stuff (or they are trying to learn more!) and Dads can be helpful resources – even when it comes to “girl stuff.”
If your daughter is in 4th or 5th grade, she is probably seeing puberty happening among her classmates, or she may be experiencing changes of puberty herself. Sometimes girls are quiet because they are scared. Even for those girls who cover their ears or refuse to talk about it, there’s power in hearing this information in a fun group setting with other girls her age. Our goal is to provide reassurance, facts, and to help normalize whatever feelings she’s having. We often hear from parents of girls like yours that their daughter finally started asking questions and being more open to talking about their own changes after the program.
We would love to say yes, but it’s unlikely a 13 year old will benefit from sitting through a two hour program with a room full of 8-11 year olds. Over the years, we have learned that younger girls attend our programs full of excitement and wonder, and those in 6th grade and older attend with rolling eyes and attitude. Whether it’s embarrassment or feeling like they already know the information, 13 year olds don’t engage in our Puberty programs, and they tend to resent being forced to attend. It would be better to let her read our book, Girlology: There’s Something New About You and then search through some of our blog articles for more age-appropriate information that she finds interesting.
There’s a big difference in 2nd grade classrooms and 4th grade classrooms, and many 7 year olds just aren’t quite ready for the length of the program or the amount of material we cover. However, you know your child best and we let you make that call. We’ve had a couple 7 year olds in our programs who do great, but most seem a little lost. If she’s not quite ready for the whole program, you may want to grab our book, Girlology: There’s Something New About You and read some of the chapters together. Then, when she’s in late 3rd grade or beyond, she can attend our program with her friends for ALL of the details, and she’ll feel more like a leader having already read the book and experienced some of the changes.
Our puberty program addresses everything about body changes and NOTHING about sex or reproduction. That allows girls to focus on their amazing bodies and feel more confident about them BEFORE they learn the intricacies of reproduction.
Our Reproduction Program addresses reproduction in humans and animals as well as the differences between animal instincts and human choices. Because this program is geared toward 5th and 6th graders, we focus on the science but we also answer their anonymously submitted questions. One question that almost always comes up is “Do you get a baby every time you have sex?” We address birth control from the perspective that people have sex for pleasure and there are many ways to prevent a pregnancy if a couple is not ready for a pregnancy. This program does not cover the details of birth control methods but we may list some of those methods and briefly describe them; details of contraception are better understood later in middle school and into high school.
Only in a few cities, and unfortunately, we won’t be changing that anytime soon. Right now, we recommend that you order our book, Guyology: Just the Facts, and read it with your child. It covers everything we address in our program. Unfortunately, after seven years of offering Guyology programs, we made a decision to halt our Guyology growth efforts because the programs were not well attended.
HOWEVER, in some cities like Charleston, Greenville, Birmingham, and Raleigh, Guyology is healthy and will continue at least once a year. If you really want to attend, make it a special getaway – these are all great cities to visit!
Uh…not unless your daughter spends more time with your neighbor or friend than with you. In all seriousness, if there’s another adult figure in your daughter’s life that you think would be better to attend a program than you, that’s fine. However, it’s very important that whichever adult attends the program is a central figure in your child’s life.
Not unless she is attending a program for high schoolers. A huge part of our mission is to increase communication within families. If you’re not there, we can’t do that. Besides, would you really want your elementary or middle school daughter hearing about sexuality issues without you being there to know what she is learning?
It’s your job as a parent to tell them what is right or wrong. Remember, values need to come from families. We’re here to challenge them to figure out what’s right or wrong for them based on their family’s values and their personal values. If they come to that conclusion on their own, they’ll be more likely to stand by it.
They’ve probably already learned about that stuff from their peers, but unfortunately, a lot of what they hear is dead wrong. So, yes, we will teach them about birth control and condoms in our programs for those in late middle school and high school because they need accurate information. Knowledge is power, but myths (especially about sex) are scary and dangerous.
Absolutely! But, more importantly, can you tell us exactly what sexual abstinence really is??? We’ll be talking about that a lot!
We want your mom to hear what you hear…especially if she’s clueless (but we bet she’s not!). We want you to feel more comfortable talking with her or your dad about all this stuff – and we want her to feel more comfortable talking with you about it. If you don’t come together, we can’t do that.
You’re not the only one. If you don’t have a mom or if your mom just isn’t the one you think should come, then it’s fine to come with another adult who you feel comfortable around. It just needs to be someone you trust who is also pretty available for you.