Since 2006, there has been a burgeoning interest in the very young adolescent population and an ever-expanding array of programs aimed at addressing their social, health, and development needs. This report builds on the momentum generated from recent research and program efforts, and from the greater data available in the past decade. The report is intended to be helpful to anyone who plans, manages, implements, monitors, evaluates, or funds research or programs that involve young adolescent girls and boys. The report outlines several key areas that would benefit from more experimentation and new research. Central to this is the creation of community platforms/meeting places—places for skill building and safe engagement, especially for girls whose social space is already confined and in many cases shrinking.
McCarthy, Katharine, Martha Brady, and Kelly Hallman. 2016. "Investing When It Counts: Reviewing the Evidence and Charting a Course of Research and Action for Very Young Adolescents." New York: Population Council.