Research Publication

GIRLS FIRST! Perspectives on Girl-Centered Programming

GIRLS FIRST! Perspectives on Girl-Centered Programming is a review of existing programs and policies for adolescent girls. It provides evidence-based recommendations for how the field can quickly and effectively improve girls' lives—by giving them skills, knowledge, meaningful connections to peers and mentors, and a say in their own lives.

Topics include: novel ways to collect and use data on adolescent girls, the best ways to cultivate girl leaders, innovative approaches to improving girls’ health, where to go next with education for girls, and how to reframe the field’s approach to violence against girls. 

In this series:

  1. "Using data to see and select the most vulnerable adolescent girls" by Sarah Engebretsen explains novel ways to collect and use data on adolescent girls
  2. "Girls' leadership and mentoring" by Karen Austrian describes the best ways to cultivate girl leaders
  3. "The health of vulnerable adolescent girls: A strategic return on investment" by Jennifer Catino outlines innovative approaches to improving girls' health
  4. "Priorities for adolescent girls' education" by Cynthia B. Lloyd explores where to go next with education for girls
  5. "Violence against adolescent girls: A fundamental challenge to meaningful equality" by Judith Bruce reframes the field's approach to violence against girls