Building resilience among marginalized young girls in India

The project

Girls First – KGBV is a 6-month holistic resilience and health program for marginalized and disadvantaged middle-school girls in Bihar, India. The program aims to provide adolescent girls with the knowledge, skills, and support they need to improve their personal resilience and physical health. The young girls learn to advocate for their rights – including the right to complete their education and delay marriage – set goals, and make positive decisions that can help them improve their lives, reach their potential, and achieve their goals.

Fondation CHANEL is supporting CorStone to expand the Girls First resilience program in approximately 125 KGBV schools (government-run residential middle schools for the most marginalized and disadvantaged girls in the state) in Bihar. The program will enable 15,800 girls to improve their emotional, social, and physical well-being, and advocate for their right to stay in school. Additionally, CorStone is working with the state and national governments to develop a long-term scalability and sustainability plan.

The partner

CorStone develops and provides evidence-based personal resilience programs to improve well-being for youth worldwide, focusing on adolescent girls as critical change-agents in their communities. These programs have reached approximately 50,000 beneficiaries in India and Kenya.

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Key indicators

Last update : 01/03/2020

Number of adolescent girls who received mentoring/leadership and life skills support


Number of teachers trained


Percentage of schools in Bihar reached by the program


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