Nia Gwenda

Girls with Purpose: Therapeutic group for girls focused on emotional regulation, self-esteem building, and life skills development.

Nia Gwenda, started in 2009 is a successful group for girls designed to support their transition into adolescence and in adulthood.

Why Nia Gwenda?

Nia Gwenda is our preteen girls’ group for ages 11 and up. The purpose of Nia Gwenda is to bring young girls together to develop a community to have a space to share their unique experiences and to learn from one another.

How Nia Gwenda supports girls?

Adolescence can be a challenging, confusing, and diverse time to navigate. This is due to emotional, physical, and cognitive growth, while also meeting new people and balancing different situations and managing new responsibilities. How we react to new challenges and struggles is important to navigate when it comes to our behaviours and social interactions.

Nia Gwenda’s focus

Nia Gwenda focuses on working through different ways to cope with emotions and developing new skills to implement in daily routines. Enriching young girls with skills to be confident, courageous and strong leaders in their community is imperative to the success and continuation of Nia Gwenda.


Nia Gwenda provides support, skills training, cultural awareness and mental wellness for girls.  The group supports youth develop connections with other group members, provide a space for them to address difficult challenges in their lives, and assistance to deal with mood and behavior difficulties. 

Nicole Perryman


Supporting Teen Development Articles

Understanding Nia Gwenda

Learn more about Nia Gwenda

Themes in Girls with Purpose

The following course content is some of the rich, success-based curriculum within our girls programming. In addition to using curriculum based for groups and girls, we also incorporate therapeutic interventions such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy and more. What does it mean to be a girl– examining your […]

Anxiety & Teenagers

by: Helen Gibbs MSW (c), M.A. CYS Writing exams, moving to a new school, or a job interview are some examples of events that may cause your teenager to be nervous, moody and/or withdrawn.  In those situations, those types of reactions would likely be expected and your teenager often “bounces” back once the stressful event […]

Nia Gwenda: Girls with Purpose

208-157 Harwood Avenue N., Ajax, ON L1Z 0B8
info@ifaradainstitute.org

References taken from: https://www.chcmass.com/2018/10/05/the-stages-of-child-development/

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