The Population Council has developed and tested a cache of tools—which can be modified by and for Native communities—for organizations seeking to more intentionally serve girls. The tools allow programs to systematically gauge within their own communities the barriers and opportunities that exist for Native adolescent girls. This realization and opportunity sparked the creation of the Indigenous Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment Network (IMAGEN). The Network was conceived as a means of bringing together Native American–serving organizations that have the enthusiasm and capacity to adopt, document, and share evidence from programs that build on Native girls’ innate talents, while addressing the multiple challenges they face. The first steps toward building this network were taken during IMAGEN’s inaugural workshop at the Population Council headquarters in New York City in March 2017, attended by nine participants from six organizations covering different parts of Indian Country.
Hallman, Kelly. 2017. "Indigenous Adolescent Girls' Empowerment Network (IMAGEN)," brief. New York: Population Council.
The Indigenous Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment Network (IMAGEN)