- about us
- teen talking circles
- adult workshops
The Daughters Sisters Project (broadened to Teen Talking Circles) was founded in 1993 to help young women navigate the teen years and has since expanded to include teen boys, and adults.
DSP & TTC are organically grown; founded on the principle that both a mature self-identity and healthy relationships develop naturally when we feel free to speak our truth from our hearts and hear the truth of others with our hearts.
Our model has been awarded special recognition by universities, diversion programs, community organizations, health educators, and youth-serving organizations, including the Office on Women's Health in Washington, DC. TTC received the Athena Award for Excellence in Mentoring in 2001. see our client list
Our four-day TTC Facilitator's Trainings (Learn about our Facilitator Trainings) are attended by parents, teachers, counselors, pastors, social workers, therapists, youth service providers, and anyone interested in bringing teen talking circles into their communities.
Our Facilitator's Handbook and documentary DVD assists new facilitators in learning to lead both topic-driven, process oriented,
and open format circles, and includes valuable resources to augment their ability to successfully lead circles.
Talking Circles give teens an opportunity to strengthen their feelings of self-esteem, self-worth, authenticity, and resilience, and practice skills that contribute to making wise and healthy choices. Youth in TTC circles learn Compassionate Listening and non-violent communication practices to create sustainable and thriving relationships with self and others. TTC fosters a deeper understanding of the values that unite us as a human community: a critical component for creating meaningful lives, responsible citizenship, and an empowered sense of self in an interdependent world. Join us for a TTC Training, and start a teen talking circle in your community.
"When I came to the States from Nigeria for the facilitator's training with TTC, I really didn't know what to expect. When I got home, someone asked me to describe what it was like. I told them that it was like going into a cave and not knowing what I would find; whether I would find wolves or snakes, but what I found instead was a fire where I could warm my hands, sit down, and someone gives me a warm bowl of soup...it was a place I knew I was safe. At the training, I made a deep connection into myself and with the others. I am healing from my past, and looking forward to the future." Juddy Ogunneran, Past Director, Women & Youths Empowerment, Nigeria