This project will support 20 Junior High School (JHS) final year female students in Ghana to identify, plan, and execute community service projects in their communities. These service projects are a concrete way for girls to action the leadership and civic education lessons facilitated throughout the year and will have a lasting impact on their villages.
The Teen Girls Club aims to help girls carry on their education journey - staying in school through Junior High School (JHS) and advancing to Senior High School (SHS). In addition to reading and writing assistance provided to all girls, club coordinators provide education around leadership and civic engagement. Building leadership skills and demonstrating the importance of community service helps girls stay engaged, and the girls can carry those skills with them to Senior High School and beyond.
Final year JHS students will lead community service projects in their villages. They will engage collaboratively with their peers to identify challenges facing their communities and solutions to solve those problems. The girls will be responsible for engaging fellow Teen Girls Club members, community leaders, government officials or other advisors in facilitating their projects. Projects range from hand-washing stations to community latrines. Girls will gain valuable leadership experience
Helping girls stay in school creates healthier, more financially stable families. Girls who stay in school past 7th grade are less likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth and more likely to have healthier and better educated children. Plus, every additional year of secondary education she completes will increase her individual earning power by 15 - 25%. The impact of keeping girls in school today will truly transform future generations.