Adolescent girls face distinct challenges that require tailored and girl-centered responses. This brief draws on the knowledge of program implementers and researchers who work on community-based girl group (CBGG) programs (often called “safe spaces”) in various low- and middle-income settings and the US. It summarizes emerging lessons and insights on CBGGs, emphasizing the vital role that mentors play in this group-based model. The evidence emphasizes the importance of providing mentors with training, supervision, compensation, solidarity, and opportunities to build their own networks.
Temin, Miriam, Sarah Blake, and Eva Roca. 2023. "Mentoring in group-based adolescent girl programs in low- and middle-income countries: Evidence-informed approaches," GIRL Center Research Brief no. 13. New York: Population Council.