The 180 Program | Girls Empowerment Network

180 Program 180 Program

The Girls Empowerment Network now has an innovative program working with girls who are involved or at high-risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system. The 180 program offers educational weekly 180-groups at select schools, as well 180 single-day programming, which provide girls support, helpful information and new skills to cope with tough situations they are facing.

 180-Groups in Schools

8-10 week sessions, in schools, offers girls  a chance to practice decision making and problem solving skills and get feedback from other girls in groups.   Topics of 180 groups include:  friendships; assertive vs. aggressive communication; handling issues with authority; teen dating violence/abuse and dating relationships; drug use and abuse; family relationships; goal setting; and future planning.

Click, HERE for a list of schools with 180-groups.

If you’d like to refer someone for the group please contact your school email

180 Workshops

Permission Form

Must register in advance to attend, Lunch Provided


Girls can attend our Pathfinder Leadership and Career Workshops at varying locations

February 24th

Go Get it Girl! Pathfinder Workshop at

GEN office: 3000 S. IH 35 Suite 400, Austin, TX 78704

CLICK HERE to register

March: Girl Advocacy Day

April TBD

**Girls on probation eligible for community service hours through the county.                    

HAYS COUNTY & SAN MARCOS: See 180-groups list

More Info on Hays/San Marcos 180: Contact or call 512-808-4044 ext. 109

Who is eligible for 180?

Girls who are eligible for participation in 180 include girls who are currently involved in the juvenile justice system; who have charges pending but are not formally involved with the juvenile system; or those who are in grave danger of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system, as identified as part of school disciplinary systems. Girls in 180 are typically there due to fighting, truancy, shoplifting, or possession or consumption of drugs or alcohol.

Can my child be in the program even if she is not in the juvenile justice system but I am worried about her?

180 is specially designed with the needs of high-risk girls in mind. Most girls will be referred to 180 from a juvenile probation officer, truancy office, case manager, counselor, principal, or social worker.  A girl may also be considered for 180 if her parent or guardian has great concern regarding her behavior, including fighting, truancy, shoplifting, or substance abuse yet she has not yet been formally involved with the law.   180-Groups also operates in select schools. If you are interested in bringing 180 to your school, please contact Caroline Crawford at or 512-808-4044 x. 103.

My child is in the juvenile justice system, how do I get her into this program?

Please ask your juvenile probation officer or case manager about a referral to 180. If they are unaware of the program, please contact us, or register on this web-page. Please have your daughter’s probation officer or case manager’s name and phone number handy when calling.   For more information about the 180 Program, contact Caroline Crawford at or 512-808-4044 x. 103.


Thanks to our 180 Program funders for making this special program possible:

Austin Community Foundation
City of Austin
City of Georgetown
City of San Marcos
CTMC Women’s Council
ECG Foundation
Georgetown Health Foundation
JJDP Fund of the Office of the Governor
Seeds of Strength
Seton Medical Center Hays
The Long Foundation
The Shield-Ayres Foundation
The Texas Bar Foundation
Travis County
United Way  of Williamson County
United Way of Greater Austin