clear   Appendix:   G.I.R.L.S. on the move!
Boston, Massachusetts

Girls Identifying Resources and Life Skills (G.I.R.L.S.) on the move! targets adolescent girls, ages 10 to 16 years, in a Boston-area public-housing project who are considered vulnerable to risky behaviors. Funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the program serves a low-income population of African-American and Hispanic girls, most of whom live in female-headed households. Programming teaches positive life skills to help girls develop resistance to crime and delinquency, substance abuse, risky sexual behavior, and academic failure. Program components include skill-building classes, career education, discussion circles, role modeling and mentoring by women, and parent groups.

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Guiding Principles for Promising
Female Programming
October 1998