Promoting leadership and life skills among vulnerable adolescent girls

 
 
Organization

Girls Inc.

Country

United States of America

Thematic area

Leadership and decision making

Duration

Depuis 2016

 
 
  • Youth leaders in the Girls Inc. program in New-York City
    Youth leaders in the Girls Inc. program in New-York City
  • Successful graduates of the Gils Inc. program
    Successful graduates of the Gils Inc. program
  • Girls participating in a financial literacy program with Girls Inc. in New-York City
    Girls participating in a financial literacy program with Girls Inc. in New-York City

The context

In New York City, low-income, minority girls face considerable challenges to school completion and achieving their personal and professional goals. Factors including interpersonal violence, unmet counseling needs, familial obligations, early pregnancy, sexual harassment, and a history of trauma create a greater risk for girls from minority groups to quit high school early. School drop-outs have a higher probability of enduring low-wage work, unemployment, and incarceration.

 
 

The project

Girls Inc provides an evidence-based mix of programming and individualized support to vulnerable adolescent girls on a range of topics including financial literacy, health and safety, life and leadership skills, STEM education and career development. Statistically, 95% of the girls Girls Inc serves go on to college and 90% learn to resist stereotypes and avoid high-risk behaviors.

 
 

The support

Fondation CHANEL is partnering with Girls Inc to extend programming to more than 300 additional girls and young women in New York City and to refine their service delivery model.

The results

  • 30 female youth leaders aged 17-18 will develop leadership and professional skills
  • 300 girls will achieve measurable improvements in academic performance, rejection of stereotypes and life skills
  • Several hundred additional girls will be sensitized to issues such as healthy sexuality, restorative justice, media literacy, economic literacy, identity and oppression through an annual Leadership Summit.
  • Girls Inc will refine its service delivery model to reach more girls in a sustainable fashion.

 
 

The partner

Girls Inc. of NYC offers life-changing programs and experiences to help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Highly trained professionals deliver research-based curricula in a supportive all-girls environment. Girls are equipped to achieve academically; lead healthy, physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Programming reaches 6,000 girls in over 30 sites around the city.

 
 
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