Girl-Centered Program Design

As they make the transition from childhood to adulthood, girls face poorer health outcomes, are more likely to become infected with HIV, become moresocially isolated, are less likely to attend secondary school or to complete it, and have fewer income-generating opportunities than boys.

Typically, general programs for youth do not include . In order to reach them, programs must be designed with as the target audience.

This toolkit is meant for those interested in working with adolescent girls ages 10–24. It can be used by anyone who is designing or running a program, someone writing a proposal to work with girls, or staff working directly with girls who need fresh ideas on how to strengthen program activities. It can be used by people who are starting to work with girls in a targeted way for the first time, or those who already have a girls program but are trying to strengthen or expand it.

The toolkit has three main sections: the first focuses on structure, the second on content, and the third on monitoring and evaluation. Within each chapter is an introduction to the topic, examples from existing programs for girls, and practical, user-friendly tools.

We invite you to download the toolkit from Population Council or using the links below

Complete toolkit (PDF; lower-resolution PDF)

Front matter and introduction (PDF; lower-resolution PDF)

Section 1: Which Girls and Why (PDF; lower-resolution PDF)
Chapter 1: Which Girls Do You Want to Work With?
Chapter 2: Needs Assessments—Understanding the Girls You Are Working With

Section 2: Determining Program Structure (PDF; lower-resolution PDF)
Chapter 3: Core Elements of the Safe Spaces Model—”Creating the Pot”
Chapter 4: Recruitment—How Do You Get the Girls You Want into Your Program
Chapter 5: Leadership Development and Mentoring
Chapter 6: Working with Families and Critical Adults

Section 3: Determining Program Content (PDF; lower-resolution PDF)
Chapter 7: The Asset Building Approach
Chapter 8: Economic Strengthening Programming
Chapter 9: and & Clinical Services
Chapter 10: Addressing Sexual and Gender Based Violence
Chapter 11: Reaching Extremely Vulnerable Groups of Adolescent Girls

Section 4: Monitoring & Evaluation (PDF; lower-resolution PDF)
Chapter 12: Monitoring
Chapter 13: Evaluation

Section 5: Annexes (PDF; lower-resolution PDF)

Resources (PDF)

Tools presented in the toolkit are available as Word documents:


Fuente: Population Council