GIRLImagePOWER PROJECT®

Empowered girls dramatically improve the wellbeing of their families, their communities, and their countries – multiplying the impact on society.

No one is more vulnerable than an uneducated adolescent girl, living in poverty.

When you invest in a girl, the whole world benefits.

Empowering women and girls raises economic productivity and reduces infant mortality. It contributes to improved health and nutrition, and increases the chances of education for the next generation.

That’s why we are investing in one of the most effective ways to create a global shift at the grassroots level – life skills and mentoring training for hundreds of girls who are now bold enough to look you in the eye, strong enough to state their rights and free enough to rise to their full potential as they lead their country forward.

“I was taken by the world. I was going to discos and doing drugs. But Madam Monica and Audrey gave me lessons to help me fight the world. I was so shy I could not speak to the audience, as I am speaking now. But after attending the Girl Power lessons I’m confident, assertive and I have self esteem. I thank the Girl Power Project.”

– Florence, age 14

Our Girl Power Project® is a transformational program targeting girls in the developing world as they enter adolescence: the most vulnerable juncture of their lives. This project steps in just as girls face the choices that will lead them to a life of early marriage, pregnancy and disease OR a life of education, economic independence and delayed marriage.

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The Four Phases of the Girl Power Project:

Phase 1: Introduction to Girl Power

We work alongside primary school communities to create positive learning environments so girls can stay in school, learn, and excel. This three-day workshop is conducted with 50 girls from each school to facilitate discussion and understanding of essential social survival skills:

  • Personal Empowerment
  • Peer Pressure
  • Communication Skills
  • Puberty and Understanding Our Bodies
  • Violence Against Girls

Phase 3: Camp Girl Power

Next, 10 girls from each school who exhibit strong leadership potential are selected by their peers to participate in Camp Girl Power. This two-day retreat brings together girls who have excelled in the first two phases of the Girl Power Project for:

  • Advanced workshops
  • Role Playing
  • Mutual Problem Solving
  • Unprecedented Camaraderie
  • Mentoring

Girls are able to demonstrate and reinforce their skill sets, celebrate their achievements, and connect with each other at Camp Girl Power. Most importantly, girls graduate from camp as Girl Power Project® Peer Mentors, who are equipped to share their knowledge and skills with girls in their school and community.

Phase 2: Developing Mentors

The same 50 girls from each school participate in another three-day workshop where they learn the importance and advantages of becoming mentors for their peers. The curriculum of the second three-day workshop dives deeper into:

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Sex Education
  • HIV/AIDS Awareness
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Leadership

Phase 4: Mentoring in Practice

Each Girl Power Project® Peer Mentor returns home committed to empowering another 45 girls in her community to know their rights. Peer Mentors also teach their girl-peers how to make decisions about their minds, bodies and futures through:

  • Life Skills
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Healthy Bodies and Minds

How you can change the future of girls:

$30 | Empower 1 Girl.

Provide one at-risk adolescent girl with human rights education through The Girl Power Project®, empowering her to stay in school, avoid disease and early pregnancy, and become financially independent.

Make A Change!

$100 | Send 1 Girl to Camp Girl Power.

Send one at-risk girl to Camp Girl Power, giving her the opportunity to become a Girl Power Project® Peer Mentor so she can empower others in her community with the rights a girl has to her own mind, body, and future.

Make A Change!

$1,000 | Send 10 Girls to Camp Girl Power.

Send a group of ten girls to Camp Girl Power, empowering them to become Girl Power Project® Peer Mentors who share their knowledge with hundreds of girls in their community.

Make A Change!

Hate these statistics? So Do We.

Join Us and Help Change the Future for Girls.

Cycle of Poverty for Girls:

A life of early marriage, pregnancy and disease.

OR

An Educated Girl is an Empowered Girl:

A life of education, independence and delayed marriage.

In 85.8%
of child abuse cases reported in Uganda the victims are girls.

(ANPPCAN Uganda)

86.9%
of rape victims in Uganda are between the ages of 9 and 17.

(ANPPCAN Uganda)

1/4 to 1/2
of girls in developing countries give birth before age 18.

(UN Population Fund)

When a girl in the developing world receives 7
or more years of education, she marries 4 years later and has 2.2 fewer children.

(Center for Global Development 2009)

150 million girls are victims of sexual violence in a single year.

(UNIFEM 2011)

Globally, young women 15-24 years old are most vulnerable to HIV infection, with infection rates twice as high as among young men of the same age.

(UNAIDS 2002)

Worldwide, nearly 50%
of all sexual assaults are against girls aged 15 years or younger.

(WHO 2005)

⅓ of girls in the developing world will be married before the age of 18.

(Population Council 2007)

Gender-based violence ranks as top public health crisis for women in the world today. In fact, women ages 15-45 are more likely to be maimed or die from male violence than from cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined.

(halftheskymovement.org)

When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90% of it into their families, compared to only 30-40% for a man.

(USAID)

AIDS spreads twice as quickly among uneducated girls than among girls that have even some schooling.

(UN Millenium Project 2006)

Our Results

Empowered girls dramatically improve the wellbeing of their families, their communities, and their countries – multiplying the impact on society.

The Girl Power Project® is targeting girls at the most critical juncture of their lives – adolescence.
By working with girls ages 10-15, we’re ensuring they are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to avoid early pregnancy and disease. We’re helping them transform their futures through goal setting and career planning.

By including communities in the process, we’re ensuring that girls are growing in a supportive environment – one where girls’ voices and rights are respected.

We’ve seen the impact of this transformational program firsthand. In communities where regional statistics show that nearly 50% of girls drop out of school by the age of 15 and are married and pregnant or have given birth by the age of 18, the JLMC team has seen no dropouts, no pregnancies and no child marriages among the nearly 1,500 girls who have gone through comprehensive beta tests of The Girl Power Project® phases.

Imagine if we could multiply that impact all across the planet. That’s a movement – and we need your help to make it happen.

13

Villages

14

Schools

2,252

1,414 girls 221 boys 617 teachers and parents

12,161*

Total Lives impacted
(*2,252 direct & 9,909 Indirect)

“Before, I was so shy I couldn’t even speak to people. Now I can speak to people freely and I’m assertive. I make sure that that person understands me well. I learned how to protect myself. I learned that I should not be violated and I should have my human rights respected.”

– Nabatanzi Joan, age 14


“Since the last Girl Power training, my self-esteem has improved. I love myself more than ever before.”

– Natabi Fiona, age 13


“Through the Girl Power sessions, I have learned it’s important to stay in school, to get more knowledge and information.”

– Namuyomba Mary, age 11


“In the training I learned about menstruation. So when I had my first period, I knew what to do and I also help other girls in the same situation by telling them what they should do to make sure they go through the period with ease.”

– Namutebi Cathy, age 13


“My auntie persuaded me to pull my labia, but I refused because in the training, I was taught that pulling the labia is an abuse for me and that it is harmful. So I have since stood my ground on this.”

– Nabukaku Rainah, age 12

How you can change the future of girls:

$30 | Empower 1 Girl.

Provide one at-risk adolescent girl with human rights education through The Girl Power Project®, empowering her to stay in school, avoid disease and early pregnancy, and become financially independent.

Make A Change!

$100 | Send 1 Girl to Camp Girl Power.

Send one at-risk girl to Camp Girl Power, giving her the opportunity to become a Girl Power Project® Peer Mentor so she can empower others in her community with the rights a girl has to her own mind, body, and future.

Make A Change!

$1,000 | Send 10 Girls & Boys to Camp Girl Power.

Send a group of ten girls to Camp Girl Power, empowering them to become Girl Power Project® Peer Mentors who share their knowledge with hundreds of girls in their community.

Make A Change!