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Building Assets Toolkit: Developing Positive Benchmarks for Adolescent Girls

The content of programs for adolescent girls often is overly generalized and not adapted to specific populations. Furthermore, girls’ well-being is measured by metrics that are too focused on what girls “are not”: not pregnant, not HIV-affected, and not exposed to sexual coercion.

The Population Council and partners have pioneered a process to assist in the development of relevant, tailored, and positive program content. The asset-building approach helps craft stepwise, achievable benchmarks for girls by age, social category, and context. The Building Assets Toolkit introduces practitioners to the asset-building approach, guides them through the exercise, and models the critical thinking needed for effective program design.

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