Youth Development Tools

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Designing Programs for Adolescent Girls

Girl-Centered Program Design: A Toolkit to Develop, Strengthen & Expand Adolescent Girls Programs

Population Council, 2010

This toolkit is meant for anyone interested in designing or running a program specifically for adolescent girls.

It covers:

  • how to decide which girls to include in the program
  • how to conduct needs assessments to better understand their needs
  • how to structure the program: creating safe spaces, recruitment, leadership development and gaining support for the program from parents and the community
  • reaching extremely vulnerable youth
  • program content topics: building girls’ assets, economic strengthening, reproductive health, sexual and gender-based violence
  • monitoring and evaluation.

Helping Girls Speak Out and Be Heard

Girls’ voices, girls’ priorities: Participatory, innovative tools for capturing girls’ realities and understanding changes in their lives

EMpower - The Emerging Markets foundation (with Andrea Lynch, consultant), 2012

This toolkit brings together user-friendly information and practical, participatory approaches that enable adolescent girl participants in youth-serving organizations to document changes in their lives, and to provide input to shape programs. It contains eight innovative, participatory tools that program staff and girl participants can use to improve the quality of the programs, deepen insight into girls’ realities, and capture and share changes in girls’ lives. *Tools only available in English.

Sexuality and Gender

The working with young men series, project H

Instituto Promundo with support from IPPF/WHR, PAHO and WHO, 2002

This toolkit is designed to help young men (ages 15 to 24) explore gender roles and relationships, with activities on the following topics:

  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Reproductive health
  • Fatherhood and care-giving
  • Violence prevention
  • Emotional health
  • Drug use
  • Preventing and living with HIV and AIDS
It’s All One

International Sexuality and HIV Curriculum Working Group, 2011

This comprehensive, user-friendly resource helps policymakers, curriculum developers, and educators to develop locally appropriate sexuality/HIV education curricula that promote critical thinking about gender and rights. The toolkit has 54 sample activities, all tested and easy to adapt across cultures.

Developed for ages 15 and older, but can be adapted for younger youth. This two-book kit provides essential content on:

  • Gender
  • Human rights
  • Sexual health and sexuality
  • HIV
  • Puberty
  • Reproduction, contraception, and abortion
  • Relationships and communication
  • Intimate-partner violence
  • Advocating for rights

Livelihoods: Preparing Youth To Earn A Decent, Dignified Income

It’s her business: A handbook for preparing young, at-risk women to become entrepreneurs

EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation, 2010

This is a practical resource for organizations seeking to start or strengthen entrepreneurship programs for young, at-risk women. It outlines the essential components of successful entrepreneurship programs, discusses common challenges and considerations, and provides other useful tips and resources.

For use with young women in their late teens or early twenties.

The toolkit discusses the following topics:

  • key components of an entrepreneurship program
  • questions to consider when developing trainings on entrepreneurship
  • deciding what product or service to offer
  • marketing
  • developing a business plan
  • financial literacy
  • program monitoring and evaluation
Shattering Stereotypes: Nontraditional Job Paths for Young Women

EMpower - The Emerging Markets Foundation, 2015

This resource kit was put together to provide references and easy‐to-use tools and resources for participants in the “Shattering Stereotypes Learning Exchange on Nontraditional Jobs for Young Women”. This Learning Exchange, which took place in January 2015, brought together select EMpower grantee partners and other experts working to position and prepare girls and young women for jobs usually reserved for males.

Evaluating Programs For Youth

Core elements of youth development sample tools

EMpower – the Emerging Markets Foundation, 2011

This provides some simple questionnaires that can be adapted to measure changes among youth participants in self esteem and identity; social capital; goal-setting and planning for the future; and core life skills.

Basic guide to program evaluation

EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation (with Julie Solomon, consultant), 2010

This guide is intended to provide some basic definitions, tools, and methods related to program evaluation. Topics include: reasons to evaluate your work, types of evaluation, and timing of an evaluation. The guide also includes tools for collecting data as well as tips on conducting focus groups, surveys, and in-depth interviews.