This Girls Group Mentoring Toolkit provides the tools, resources and support to create, implement, deliver and evaluate a quality group mentoring program for girls, ages 9-13, in your community. The Toolkit is intended to be used in a range of communities, and can be adapted to the unique values, needs, strengths and challenges that each community encompasses.
"The toolkit pushed our program to new levels of reflection; we went from a linear program to a multi-dimensional one, as a result. And we achieved better results!"
– Girls Group Mentoring Program Staff
This dynamic toolkit will provide your organization with a concrete way to promote positive change for girls in your community. It will provide you with some of the resources needed to start your own Girls Group Mentoring Program for girls aged 9 to 13.
This toolkit is intended to be a starting point and will supply you with the key elements needed to develop a quality group mentoring program for girls. However, this cannot be a complete resource; organizations will need to take additional steps in order to be successful. This toolkit and its contents will need to be adapted to your specific community with the unique assets, values and challenges that your community and organization possess.
It is important to note and understand that although this toolkit uses the term ‘girl’ as a social category, gender is a spectrum and not limited to strict categories of ‘girl’ or ‘boy.’ The participants in a girls group mentoring program may fall anywhere along that spectrum. It’s necessary to be aware that although a program may target girls only, some participants may not necessarily identify that way (Girls Action Foundation, 2009). In order to be inclusive and to foster the human rights of all youth, expanding your programming to include diversity-positive spaces is crucial. Program staff should consider the gendered nature of the language and activities they utilize (Girls Action Foundation, 2009). Respecting the right for youth to self-identify and opening the door to gender variance is key. To explore this further, see the Inclusive Programming: Gender Variance Considerations document in the Additional Resources for this section of the Girls Group Mentoring Toolkit.
It is equally important to consider and embrace the differences and diversity of girls across race, ethnicity, family income level and culture. The Girls Group Mentoring Toolkit is intended to be a guide that can be adapted to a variety of contexts with the space to consider and celebrate the uniqueness of the population of girls involved in the program. See Section 2: Program Populations for more information.