clear   Appendix:   Thank Goodness I'm Female (T.G.I.F.)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

T.G.I.F., created by the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition and the Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network and funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, targets African-American adolescent girls living in high-risk city neighborhoods. Program components include mentoring, life-skills education, and a rites-of-passage ceremony. Girls receive "Individualized Female Plans" that emphasize positive goals and ways to achieve them. Classes and presentations teach conflict resolution, problem-solving skills, hygiene, and etiquette, and address issues related to peer pressure, substance abuse, male-female relationships, and risky sexual behavior. Girls use their new skills to plan and implement their own rites-of-passage ceremonies. They also participate in community service activities. Volunteer mentors help the girls plan and achieve goals.

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Guiding Principles for Promising
Female Programming
October 1998