YouthPower Learning Webinar
Relieving Bottlenecks in Adolescent Girl Programming: Community Engagement and Mentor Quality
Thursday, September 12, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am ET
Registration to follow.
This webinar will introduce two hot-off-the-press resources to help implementers address two under-addressed aspects of group-based programming for girls: community engagement and mentor management. As community-based group programs (often known as “safe spaces”) proliferate for adolescent girls and—increasingly—boys, the growing evidence base indicates that these aspects rarely get the attention they merit, threatening the success of some programs.
When community-based group programs address sensitive issues like sexuality and gender inequality, community members’ roles, and girls’ access to key resources, taking steps to understand community features may increase the likelihood of program impact. The Population Council’s Understanding the Role of Communities in Programming for Adolescent Girls: More Than a Backdrop provides guidance on how and why to gather and use information about girls and their communities.
Within communities, many girls’ group programs use young women as mentors to facilitate learning and skills-building sessions. Mentors are effectively the face of the program in communities, and program success relies on their performance. Making the Most of Mentors: A Practical Toolkit for Adolescent Programming compiles tools for mentor recruitment, training, and supervision from a range of Population Council programs.
Angel del Valle