All About Community Building Circles!
What are Community Building Circles?
We feel connected to other people when we sense that they see us, know us, and care about us. That is what connection circles are about: being seen, being heard, being known, and developing affection. Therefore, the objectives for these circles are that participants - be they youth or adults, their family and their friends and fellow community members will feel:
That they have been seen;
That they have been heard;
That they have been understood;
That they are connected;
That they have given and received respect—and perhaps affection—from their family and their friends.
Circle Values and Guidelines
Respect the talking piece
Confidentiality - what's said in circle stays in circle
Speak from your own experience/ your own truth/ your heart
Listen to understand/ from the heart
Community Building Circle Break-Down