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Union County Girls Ages 13 to 17 Invited to Join the Fearless Girls Empowerment Group

The Union County Department of Human Services, the Union County Youth Services Commission, and nonprofit organization Proceed, Inc. invite young women ages 13 through 17 to participate in the new Fearless Girls Empowerment group.

“Fearless Girls Empowerment group provides a safe, supportive space for young women to discuss sensitive topics and gain a deeper understanding of issues that affect them,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.

The group meets weekly with an adult leader to discuss healthy communication skills, leading with confidence, boundaries in relationships, self-esteem, how to handle conflicts, internet safety, and other issues that girls and young women face today.

The 12-week program begins on Tuesday, September 10th and will conclude on Tuesday, December 3rd.  Admission is on a rolling basis by referral only.  For more information on the program or how to host a Fearless Girls Group in your town, please contact Barbara Ziobro, Administrator, Youth Services Commission 908-558-2381 or  To obtain a referral form, contact Patricia Scala at the Youth Services Commission, 908-527-4888 or

Meetings are held every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Linden Public Library, located at 31 East Henry Street in Linden. The Fearless Girls Empowerment Group is free and snacks will be provided for participants.

The Union County Youth Services Commission is a state-mandated committee represented by state and local juvenile justice stakeholders who plan, monitor and implement programs and services to at-risk youth and those youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

The Commission meets monthly to review local service provider outcomes, distribute information on upcoming events and plan initiatives in response to identified gaps in meeting Union County’s Continuum of Care objectives.

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