This toolkit has been developed by the Coalition for Adolescent Girls with the goal of advancing practices related to adolescent girl engagement. The toolkit provides information and tools to be implemented in existing programmes and work related to adolescent girls, aiming to increase adolescent girls’ well-being and autonomy, promote gender equality, and affect positive change with and for communities.
The toolkit consists of 5 parts:
- Promising Practices
- Key Outcomes
- Achieving Greater Impact
- Building Effective Girl-Adult Partnerships
- Safety Protocols
The objective of meaningful adolescent girl engagement is to increase adolescent girls’ well-being and autonomy, promote gender equality, and affect positive change with and for communities through effective and relevant programs and interventions. The girl engagement pathway begins with a series of inputs, such as dedicated resources; an institution, program, or project level commitment to power-sharing; and staff that are trained on safety protocols and building effective girl-adult partnerships. By providing girls with opportunities and safe spaces to inform approaches and solutions in a respected and valued way and training them in various skills, adolescent girls are able to actively participate in, lead, and contribute to their own, their communities’, and their nation’s well-being.
As a result of safe and effective girl engagement practices, girls will have increased opportunities and access to social support, services, and leadership roles, and well informed, effective, and relevant interventions and projects will achieve greater impact.
What is it?
The Readiness Assessment Worksheet is a tool that uses a scoring rubric to assess strengths and identify gaps in adolescent girl engagement strategies.
Why use it?
The tool is simple, easy to use, and provides recommendations for next steps that strengthen future engagement practices.
Who can use it?
The tool is appropriate for anyone who would like to begin work or strengthen their engagement with adolescent girls. The worksheet should be completed in collaboration with a key group of internal stakeholders.