Just Like My Child Foundation’s Girl Power Project® is a transformational program targeting girls in central Uganda as they enter the most vulnerable juncture of their lives: adolescence. 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.
That’s why JLMC is investing in one of the most effective ways to create a global shift at the grassroots level: life skills and mentoring training for adolescent girls ages 12-15 so they are equipped to stay in school and avoid forced child marriage, early pregnancy, and disease.
♥ Teaching communities about the law and human rights.
Local leaders are trained as “paralegals” (called Community Legal Volunteers) and host community dialogues to educate their community about human rights, women’s rights, children’s rights, the laws of the country and how to refer crimes against these rights to the appropriate authorities.
♥ Implementing Population Council’s Girl Roster Toolkit.
JLMC utilizes Population Council’s Girl Roster Toolkit to document how many adolescent girls live in each community served by the Girl Power Project®, which helps ensure that 50-80% of girls are reached.
♥ Signing a covenant with the community.
Girl Power Project® Coordinators meet with teachers and parents to explain girls’ rights and the Girl Power Project® curriculum. Parents and teachers sign a formal agreement that proves the community values the empowerment of girls, as well as their commitment to support their daughters through the Girl Power Project®.
Step 2: Workshops for Girls and Adults
JLMC works 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. Topics include:
7 Total Hours
50 Boys per School
Girl Power Project Advocates are trusted adults in the community who learn the same Girl Power Project curriculum that girls learn, and they’re equipped to support and mentor the girls in their community.
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 second three-day workshop dives deeper into:
7 Total Hours
50 Boys per School
The top 20% (10 girls) from each school are chosen by their peers, teachers, and Girl Power Project Coordinators to attend Camp where they’ll graduate as Girl Power Project Peer Mentors. Campers learn how to be effective mentors and receive AFRIpads, reusable menstrual pads that help girls maintain good hygiene and are critical for staying healthy and in school.
Step 3: After-School Clubs
With help from local partners and trusted adults in the community, JLMC’s program facilitators help girl Peer Mentors share what they have learned with others (including girls who do not attend school) through 12 monthly club sessions. Each Club Session reinforces the curriculum covered in the first two workshops by supplementing girls’ knowledge with additional skills and resources. Some club sessions invite the entire community to participate, so that girls are learning alongside their parents, guardians, and siblings.
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In this Club Session, girls learn basic self-defense and ways to attract help with the help of local police officers
“Through the Girl Power club sessions, I have learned it’s important to stay in school and to get more knowledge and information.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Since the last Girl Power training, my self-esteem has improved. I love myself more than ever before.”
With support from our partners, the Girl Power Project® is providing girls with the tools they need to successfully navigate adolescence. Some of our partners include:
Help us pass the Girl Power Project® on to more vulnerable adolescent girls living in poverty.
With a small investment, you can transform a girl’s life and future:
…giving her the opportunity to become a Peer Mentor, equipped to teach others about the rights a girl has to her own mind, body, and future.
…through the Girl Power Project®, empowering her with the tools she needs to stay in school and avoid forced child marriage, early pregnancy, and disease.
…through the Girl Power Project®, empowering them with the tools to stay in school and avoid forced child marriage, early pregnancy, and disease.