TEEN TALKING CIRCLES
We give teens a safe space to tell the truth and be heard
To educate, inspire and empower young women and men, foster partnerships between the genders, generations and cultures, and support youth in positive self-expression and social action for a just, compassionate and sustainable world.
For over 25 years, we have offered Teen Talking Circle Facilitator Trainings and educational workshops, retreats and materials to assist adults to bring circle into their communities and youth serving organizations. Our circle methodology has been incorporated into schools, hospitals, organizations, community centers, after-school programs, and privately world-wide.
In 1993, Linda Wolf and K. Wind Hughes came together to write a book to help their daughters and other girls navigate their teen years.
To collect data, they formed the first Girl's Talking Circle with teens from Bainbridge Island and Suquamish, WA. This became The Daughters Sisters Project. The 21 girls in the original circle insisted that they continue beyond the initial 10-weeks and circled for 2 more years. Also, a series of GenderTalks Circles took place, out of which a weekly Boys Talking Circle was created. After the release of Daughters of the Moon, Sisters of the Sun: Young Women and Mentors on the Transition to Womanhood, hundreds of people wanted to know how to start a circle in their community. To meet this demand, we held our first Teen Talking Circle Facilitator's Training in 1998 and officially became Teen Talking Circles in 2001. Since then, we have trained more than 500 adults, bringing effective circling to communities across the country and internationally, and specifically to give teens a safe space to tell the truth.
"TTC transforms not only the teens but also everyone who then encounters them." -- Eric Liu, founder, Citizen University
about the founder
Linda Wolf founded Teen Talking Circles, formally Daughters Sisters Project, in 1993. She is the co-author of TTC's books including Daughters of the Moon, Sisters of the Sun: Young Women and Mentors on the Transition to Womanhood (New Society Publishers, 1997); Global Uprising: Confronting the Tyrannies of the 21st Century; Stories from a New Generation of Activists co-authored with Neva Welton (New Society Publishers, 2001), and Speaking and Listening From the Heart: The Facilitator's Handbook co-authored with Neva Welton (dsistas Press, 2004).
In addition to her work with TTC, Linda is a photographer with 50 years artistry moving seamlessly through photojournalism, fine art, street, portrait, and rock & roll photography. Her work is part of numerous collections in institutions, libraries and museums worldwide. Her photography website is lindawolf.net and her blog can be found here.